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

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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.