Construction site noise control

We can impose conditions on how work is carried out on a construction site in order to limit the noise impact on anyone who lives nearby.

In the first instance, a voluntary agreement is usually reached with the site operator on the times during which a construction site is allowed to operate noisy equipment. 

These times are normally:

  • Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
  • Saturday, 8am to 1pm
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays, not including the use of noisy equipment.

If an operator fails to follow the agreed times, we may use our powers under the Control of Pollution Act 1974 to enforce the restrictions. Failure to comply can lead to prosecution and a fine of up to £20,000.

Report construction noise outside of permitted hours

You can report noisy out of hours construction works as follows.

Report online


Normal office hours

Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.45pm
Phone: 01483 755 855

Outside office hours

Monday to Friday, 5pm to 8.30am, weekends and bank holidays
Phone: 0300 369 0582

Apply to operate noisy equipment outside agreed times

Site operators must always obtain our consent in advance before operating noisy equipment outside the agreed times. 

Complete the online application form to operate noisy equipment outside of usual working hours

Send your completed application form to: Environmental Health, Woking Borough Council, Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking GU21 6YL

Related links

Find out more about noisy neighbours (domestic noise)