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 12/13/2011 8:15 AM
 

Dear All,

Wagga Wagga City Council Planning Directorate have been asked by our Planning Advisory Committee to investigate and produce a report on ‘hours of construction’ in DA conditions. We have recently changed our hours of construction to 7am - 6pm Monday – Friday. 8am – 5 pm Saturdays. No work on Sundays or public holidays.
Local builders are unhappy with these hours and have asked for them to be reviewed by way of a report to our Planning Advisory Committee in which hours of construction at other NSW Councils are investigated.
I am in need of the following information on construction hours at your respective workplaces:
What are your current hours of construction?
· Are these advertised?
· Does Council issue fines for builders working outside of these hours? If so, what is the penalty?
· What is the opinion at your Council of enforcing the hours of construction? i.e. are you tough or lenient?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Regards, Jenna
Jenna Chapman
Business Support - Planning
City of Wagga Wagga
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 12/13/2011 8:17 AM
 

Jenna, Your new hours for construction work appear to be the same as the DECC Guidelines for Construction Noise (copy attached) for Monday to Friday. You have allowed them an extra 4 hours of a Saturday. I work as a contractor at a number of councils and they pretty much are all in line with these guidelines. As a suggestion you could develop a policy of your own on construction noise and put it on public exhibition. It would be possible to allow certain works on a Sunday and/or public holiday at restricted times as long as they do not involve noisy power tool/equipment operations. For example a plasterer setting gyprock joints, or a painter working on the interior of a building is not likely to create too many noise issues. In this day and age you must remember that many people are shift workers and work weekends and public holidays and enjoy their week ends during the normal working week (Monday to Friday). At the end of the day it should be about not creating any undue noise nuisance regardless of the day of the week. Regards Brent Livermore

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 12/13/2011 8:18 AM
 
I agree with Brent, the 9-5 & half day saturday was on the out 20-30 yrs ago and working hours should be based on not creating undue noise, dust, traffic etc. Most construction companies are self controlling as they don't like paying excess overtime wages and time restrction are continually ignored by the O/B's who are generally holding down jobs during the times they are allowed to work.

Graham Ritter

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 12/13/2011 8:19 AM
 
Hello Jenna,
Our standard condition is under. However we do vary it for one offs such as to allow for the installation and removal of tower cranes and hoardings, things which cannot be done in normal hours due to safety or convenience considerations.
For projects with our CBD we will entertain extended hours for less intrusive works such as internal fitouts etc but this is subject to being part of the DA process or a separate S96 and is always advertised.
BTW Australia's a bit back wards in construction hours allowed. In most of Asia its not unusual to have a 24/7 construction process for economic and capacity reasons (keeping up with demand). That is not likely to be entertained here any time soon.
Regards

Construction Hours E25

E1. Building construction shall be restricted to within the hours of 7.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday and on Saturday to within the hours of 8.00 am to 1.00 pm inclusive, with no work on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Demolition and excavation works shall be restricted to within the hours of 8.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday only.

Notes:

For the purposes of this condition:

“Building construction” means any physical activity on the site involved in the erection of a structure, cladding, external finish, formwork, fixture, fitting of service installation and the unloading of plant, machinery, materials or the like.

“Demolition works” means any physical activity to tear down or break up a structure (or part thereof) or surface, or the like, and includes the loading of demolition waste and the unloading of plant or machinery.

“Excavation work” means the use of any excavation machinery and the use of jackhammers, rock breakers, excavators, loaders, or the like, regardless of whether the activities disturb or alter the natural state of the existing ground stratum or are breaking up/removing materials from the site and includes the unloading of plant or machinery associated with excavation work.

The builder and excavator shall display, on-site, their twenty-four (24) hour contact telephone number, which is to be clearly visible and legible from any public place adjoining the site.

(Reason: To ensure that works do not interfere with reasonable amenity expectations of residents and the community)

Stephen J Beattie
Manager Planning and Development Services
North Sydney Council
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