Noise control


Construction and maintenance noise

Construction noise

The hours when noisy construction work is allowed depends on the location and days of the week.

Construction sites often have a resource consent or building consent that allows for different noise levels or working hours. Contact us to find out.

Construction noise is allowed at the following times:  

Location  Times
Within the CBD 

Monday to Friday: 6.30am to 10.30pm 

Saturday: 7am to 11pm

Sunday: 9am to 7pm

All other times: some construction work is permitted in the CBD at night, but the permitted level is subject to land use and duration. 

Residential areas

Monday to Friday

6.30am to 7.30am: low level noise activities permitted (arrival, preparation for work).

7.30am to 6pm: construction work permitted

6pm to 8pm: Construction work can continue, but at a slightly lower permitted level to daytime construction.

8pm to 6:30am: No noisy construction is allowed.


7.30am to 6pm: construction work permitted (no activities permitted before 7.30am)

Sunday and public holidays

No noisy construction work allowed.

Commercial and industrial areas

Permitted at any time, depending on what's nearby.

Not permitted at night near residential activities, hospitals, hotels, hostels, accommodation, and other noise sensitive activities.

May also depend on resource consent conditions or permits.

Home handyman and DIY work

This includes home, vehicle and garden maintenance, such as lawn mowing and minor repairs. It does not apply to commercial activities or on-going construction projects. See above rules for construction noise or commercial activities.

​If you plan to do minor repairs or maintenance work on Sunday or public holiday. Then we suggest you inform your neighbours about the work and how long it will take.

You may be asked to stop or served with a notice if:

  • a noise control officer assesses the noise as being unreasonable
  • we receive a complaint about noisy construction or maintenance work.

We assess complaints on a case-by-case basis.

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