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Extension of Construction Days for Building Sites - Ministerial Approval by Minister for Planning & Public Spaces

On Thursday 2 April 2020 a Ministerial Order was publish from Minister Stokes, the Minister for Planning & Public Spaces that allows building and construction sites to work seven (7) days per week, including all day Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.

In accordance with the Order construction and demolition work that is subject to a development consent in our local government area can now occur on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 7am-5pm as if they were a weekday (Monday to Friday 7am-5pm). The only restriction applied by the Order is that the extended work is not to involve rock breaking, rock hammering, sheet piling, pile driving or similar activities.  Therefore rock breaking, rock hammering, sheet piling, pile driving or similar activities are not to occur;

  1. On a Sunday or Public Holiday;
  2. On any day before 9.00am;
  3. After 1.00pm on a Saturday; and
  4. After 4.00pm on any weekday.

Further construction and demolition work that is subject to a complying development certificate (CDC) can also be carried out seven (7) days per week.  Generally, construction sites undertaking work under a CDC can operate from 7am to 5pm for residential work and from 7am to 6pm for commercial/industrial work every day of the week, including Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.  Again the extended work is not to involve rock breaking, rock hammering, sheet piling, pile driving or similar activities.

While the Order requires builders to take all feasible and reasonable measures to minimise noise, it does not require noise to be eliminated and unfortunately there will be some inconvenience to our residents who are required to remain in their homes.

What does the principal contractor have to do before any work begins?

  1. Make sure there is a development consent
  2. Make sure there is a construction certificate
  3. Pay all fees, contributions, levies, etc.
  4. Pay the Building and Construction Long Service Levy
  5. Obtain all relevant permits and other approvals
  6. Read the relevant development consent (You must comply with the relevant conditions)
  7. Get your Work Zone (if necessary)
  8. Get a Site Sign from Council
  9. Get your Environmental Controls in place
  10. Tell the neighbours you are about to start work
  11. Make sure the owner or Principal Certifier have given Council the Notice of Commencement

Basic rules

Keep the neighbours happy! It is the little things that matter, make sure the trades work within the permissible hours, keep the site clean and the footway clear. Warn the neighbours if a wide load is being delivered in the early hours of the morning (with our approval as well). If you need temporary access, consult with the neighbours, don't trespass. If damage happens give them a written undertaking to fix it.

How do I get a Council Site Sign?

Please come in to the Council and ask for one. The first sign is free, replacement signs are at a small fee.

What environmental controls must be in place?

The primary environmental controls are:

  1. Hoardings (site fences or overhead)
  2. Erosion and Sediment Controls (PDF)
  3. Dust Controls (PDF)
  4. Others, see our "Do it right on site" fact sheets, read our conditions and visit the NSW Workcover and Office of Environment and Heritage websites.