Construction hours

Council restrictions on building work hours

A development consent or complying development certificate will include a specific condition which specifies that the demolition, building and construction works can only be carried out during specified hours and days of the week.

Construction sites can now operate on weekends and public holidays under new rules introduced by the NSW Government to support the construction industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, the Hon. Rob Stokes MP said the move allows workers to abide by social distancing rules while keeping construction projects progressing by allowing building work to be spread across more days of the week.

Hours vary depending on the type of work

The specific permitted working hours however vary slightly, depending on the type of approval and determining authority. Therefore, it is necessary to assess the specific conditions of approval to identify the specific permitted working hours for any development.

The following limitations generally apply:

Development consent issued by Council

Days of the weekPermitted working hoursAdditional matters
Monday to Sunday (inclusive) , including public holidays7.00am to 5.00pm
  • Rock excavators, jack hammers & pile drivers are not permitted to be used on Sundays or Public Holidays and can only be used on other days permitted by the consent
  • Internal work may be carried out at any time in commercial or industrial development providing it is not be audible in any other residential or commercial building

Complying Development Certificate

Days of the weekPermitted working hoursAdditional matters
Monday to Sunday (inclusive) , including public holidays

Residential work 7.00am to 5.00pm

Commercial/Industrial work 7.00am to 6.00pm

  • In the case of commercial or industrial development, work may be carried out at any time providing it complies with specific noise criteria in the Codes SEPP (e.g. internal work or other work generating minimal noise)
  • Rock excavators, jack hammers & pile drivers are not permitted to be used on Sundays or Public Holidays

More information

Further information about COVID-19 Orders made by the NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces can be found on the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website or by contacting Council's Customer Service Centre on 1300 722 542.

Penalties for non-compliance

If a builder, developer or owner-builder fails to comply with their conditions of consent or a complying development certificate and carries out work outside of the permitted hours, Council's regulatory officers may issue a penalty notice (on-the-spot fine) ranging from $1500 to $6,000 depending on the type of development.

Limited work outside standard hours

In exceptional circumstances, an application may be made to Council's Manager Health, Building & Regulatory Services to carry out specified limited work outside of the hours specified in a development consent. If you make a Request to carry out building work outside standard hours PDF, 175.06 KB you must include specific information and details of the exceptional circumstances and be made at least 10 days in advance of the proposed date.

Certain work may also be carried out outside of the standard permitted hours, if approval has been granted by the NSW Police, Roads and Maritime Services or other Authority e.g. to transport of oversized vehicles or equipment to a construction site.

Restrictions don't apply to exempt development

The conditions and restriction on working hours do not apply to minor building, renovation and maintenance work which is classed as exempt development and does not require an approval from Council. However, certain restrictions still apply to the use of power tools and other equipment under the Noise Control Regulations. Further information can be found under the Domestic Noise section on our Noise Pollution page.

More information

Further information may be obtained from Council's Customer Service Centre or by telephoning Council's Health, Building & Regulatory Services on 1300 722 542.

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