The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) recently fined two builders $1,000 each following investigation of complaints from Kingston and Lyneham residents about noise from building works that occurred outside of permitted hours.
The EPA is reminding other builders of their responsibilities to operate within the law or risk a fine.
The ACT is divided into noise zones based on land uses listed in the Territory Plan. The noise standards permit the highest noise levels in industrial areas and the lowest levels in residential areas.
Noise from building work in industrial, city and town centres areas is permitted:
- Monday to Sunday and public holidays 6am to 8pm
- At other times the noise from building work must not be above the noise standard.
Noise from building work in all other areas is permitted:
- Monday to Saturday 7am to 6pm
- At other times, including public holidays, the noise from building work must not be above the noise standard.
More information about noise standards is available at www.act.gov.au/noise.
Any builder unsure of their obligations can contact the EPA via Access Canberra on 13 22 81.
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