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The importance of noise control in drilling and demolition work

With our ever-growing world comes the need for constant construction to expand and create exciting new buildings and landscapes; a necessary – albeit noisy – process. Though the noise cannot be completely avoided in instances of building work, it can be controlled and regulated.


The Control of Pollution Act 1974 states that councils can, and must, allocate times within which works can be carried out utilising particular methods that may generate noise pollution to the local area. The works in question include:

  • Erection, construction, alteration, repair and maintenance of buildings, structures or roads
  • Breaking up, opening or boring under the road or adjacent land in connection with the construction, inspection, maintenance or removal of works
  • Demolitions or dredging work
  • Any work of engineering constructions

When can these works be carried out?
The hours in which it is permitted to carry out the above construction works are regulated in order to minimise noise pollution that could affect the ability of local workforces and residents to carry out both their work and their day-to-day lives without disruption. These hours are as follows:

  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm
  • Saturday: 8am to 1pm
  • Sunday and Public Holidays – no working

These hours apply to all building work unless they are specifically restricted in planning permission.
Why is it important that these restrictions are in place?
The aforementioned importance of construction work advancing in our modern-day society is something which should not be shied away from purely on account of the noise disruptions it creates. It is clear, though, that generating such high levels of disruptive noise in an area is unfair to nearby workers and residents, and thus must be controlled in this manner. See more about construction health and safety issues, including the consequences of noise.

If you are planning any of the processes listed above for your building project, it is worth taking note of these restrictions and factoring them into your time frame for the project rather than getting caught out and delaying the process.


Here at Concrete Drilling Services, we are proud to provide high quality and extremely affordable concrete cutting and bursting and diamond drilling services to projects throughout Bolton and the wider Lancashire area. For more information on any of our services, or to arrange one for your project, get in touch with our friendly team of experts today – we’re happy to help with any enquiry.