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Building and demolition works, by their very nature, generate noise. In many locations, noise from these activities is acceptable. In quiet areas, however, noise can often be considered a nuisance.

To minimise risk of disturbance, those engaged in this type of work need to be aware of the surrounding environment and the potential impact their activities may have. Planning permissions sometimes include conditions intended to minimise noise impact, both during the construction phase and afterwards, during the life of the development. Discussion with us prior to starting any development or demolition is always recommended.

Members of the public can contact us for information on acceptable times and levels of noise and to make complaints regarding noise arising from construction activities. We can deal with unacceptable construction noise under Section 60 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974.

Working hours

We suggest noisy construction and demolition activities are only carried out during the following times:

  • 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 8am to 1pm on Saturdays
  • no work on Sundays or bank holidays

These times would normally be included in any planning consent. This does not mean that other site activities cannot take place outwith these hours, but simply that any work outwith these times must not cause an undue level of disturbance.  More limited hours of work should be considered for particularly noise-sensitive locations or for exceptionally noisy activities such as piling or the use of Stihl-saws.

Anyone who intends to work outwith the hours specified should contact us, prior to work commencing, for further advice.

Public and general holidays

Public and general holidays in East Ayrshire are considered relevant for restrictions on noise making operations.

Noise control on construction sites

Good site management and an awareness of the surrounding environment play a large part in minimising disturbance. Complaints can be avoided in many instances where the developer makes residents aware of the impact of his activities and takes steps to communicate any issues to residents. Providing a named contact can also help address issues before these escalate to formal complaint to the Council.

Noise limits

Specific noise limits are not set in most cases, as the Council recognises that background noise levels vary depending on the environment surrounding any development and complaints are investigated having regard to the background noise levels. As an example, the use of a road drill may be barely noticeable in a busy town centre, but would be very intrusive in the middle of a quiet village.

Please contact us if you require further information, or wish to make a complaint.

Contact Information


Environmental Health
Regulatory Services
Civic Centre South Building
16 John Dickie Street
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 01563 576790