Noise

Noise will be generated before, during and after demolition.

During asbestos removal the sound of the negative air pressure units, which will operate 24/7 for up to a week, may be heard. This sounds similar to an air conditioning unit or pool pump.

The noisiest period will be the day of demolition, with noise generated by excavators, power tools used to remove fixtures such as down pipes and awnings, movement of workers and loading of rubble into trucks. It usually takes four to five hours to demolish a house and remove the rubble.

Permitted noise levels

Contractors must also comply with Australian Standard 2436: Noise and Vibration Control On Construction, Demolition and Maintenance Sites. Noise is monitored during the works to ensure compliance with these standards.

The following noise restrictions apply to construction and demolition work in suburban areas in the ACT to minimise the impact of noise on neighbours:

DayTimeRequirement
Monday to Saturday (where work is not completed within two weeks) 7.00am to 6.00pm Construction work is permitted provided reasonable measures are in place to minimise noise.
Monday to Saturday 6:00pm to 10:00pm Noise levels must be kept below 45 decibels at the fence line.
Monday to Saturday 10.00pm to 7.00am Noise levels must be kept below 35 decibels at the fence line.
Sundays and Public Holidays 8.00am to 10.00pm Noise levels must be kept below 45 decibels at the fence line.
Sundays and Public Holidays 10.00pm to 8.00am Noise levels must be kept below 35 decibels at the fence line.

Noise complaints

Any concerns about excessive or unusual noise can be reported to Access Canberra on 13 22 81 for investigation by the Head Contractor or the EPA.

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