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After hours building and delivery works

 After hours building and delivery works

City of Gold Coast Local Law No. 8 (Public Health, Safety and Amenity) 2008 allows Council to issue a permit to carry out building work and associated noise including delivery of plant, material and equipment to building sites outside of the regulated timeframes set out in the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EPA) section 440R. The EPA states the following:

440R Building work

You can report excessive building noise or building works outside of approved hours by phoning 1800 637 000, press "0" to speak to the officer.

  1. A person must not carry out building work in a way that makes an audible noise -
    1. on a business day (Monday to Friday, excludes weekends and public holidays) or Saturday, before 6.30am or after 6.30pm; or
    2. on any other day, at any time.
  2. The reference in subsection (1) to a person carrying out building work -
    1. includes a person carrying out building work under an owner-builder permit; and
    2. otherwise does not include a person carrying out building work at premises used by the person only for residential purposes.

The definitions for 'Building Work Noise' and 'Building Site Delivery Noise' as defined in Local Law 8 (Public Health, Safety and Amenity) 2008 are as follows:

Building work noise means:

  1. carrying out building work on premises in a way that makes an audible noise -
    1. on a business day (Monday to Friday, excludes weekends and public holidays) or Saturday, before 6.30am or after 6.30pm; or
    2. on any other day at any times
  2. the reference in paragraph (a) to carrying out building work -
    1. includes a person carrying out building work under an owner-builder permit; and
    2. otherwise does not include a person carrying out building work at premises used by the person only for residential purposes.

Building site delivery noise means:

  1. causing building materials or building equipment to be placed on or removed from a building site in a way that makes an audible noise -
    1. on a business day (Monday to Friday, excludes weekends and public holidays) or Saturday, before 6.30am or after 6.30pm; or
    2. on any other day at any time.

Permits will only be issued in exceptional circumstances, e.g. when the works cannot be completed during normal construction times, in the interest of public safety, when the work zone affects critical infrastructure or State assets, etc.

How to apply for an after hours building and delivery permit

An after hours building and delivery permit may be obtained by making an application to the City on the prescribed application form. This form is also available from our customer service centres. An application processing fee is payable.

Please note: submitting an application for a permit does not guarantee that a permit will be issued.

Find a link to the application for after hours building and delivery permit form below.

Complying with conditions of an after hours building and delivery permit

It is the responsibility of the applicant/property owner to ensure compliance of the after hours building and delivery permit. Non-compliance has a maximum penalty of 50 units.

Failure to comply with the conditions of an after hours building and delivery permit may also result in amendment or cancellation of the permit.

For more information, refer to the frequently asked questions below or contact our Development Compliance team:

Phone: 07 5667 5978
Fax: 07 5596 3653
Email: mail@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

You can report excessive building noise outside of approved hours:

  1. at the time the excessive building noise is occurring, by calling the City on 1800 637 000, press ‘0’ to speak to an officer or;
  2. by using the online form on our Report a problem - Noise page.

Related information

Jump to key information
  • What are the standard hours for carrying out building works on a building site?

    Building work that makes an audible noise may be carried out between the hours of 6.30am and 6.30pm from Monday to Saturday, excluding public holidays and Sundays.

  • What is an after hours building and delivery permit?

    An after hours building and delivery permit is a permit to vary the default times set out in the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (EPA) sections 440R in order to carry out critical building work in areas where:

    • The building work would cause a danger to public safety during normal working hours.
    • The building work would interfere with critical infrastructure (e.g. light rail).
    • The building work cannot be completed within the normal building work hours set out in the EPA.
    • The building work would cause unacceptable traffic impact if carried out within the normal building work hours set out in the EPA.
  • What is required by City of Gold Coast?

    City of Gold Coast requires the applicant to submit an application on the prescribed form, accompanied by the scheduled fee.

    The application form must be completed by the applicant and will include times and dates for the intended work, number of staff engaged to perform the work, contact details of the person in charge of the work, plant/equipment/machinery and noise output (dBs) of the equipment, etc. City officers will use the information to assess and make a decision on the application, and set relevant conditions.

    You may be required to submit an acoustic report in accordance with Australian Standards and Environmental Protection (Noise) Policy 2008 from a suitably qualified and practising Acoustic Engineer.

  • Can an after hours building and delivery permit be refunded?

    The application fee is non-refundable once the assessment process has started.

    Cancellation by the applicant prior to the assessment process commencing will result in a 50 per cent refund of the application fee.

  • What are the exemptions to an after hours building and delivery permit?

    Certain works are already exempt from complying with the Environment Protection Act 1994 s440. For details of the exemptions, please refer to Schedule 1 Part 1 of the Environmental Protection Act 1994 which can be found by referring to the index or bookmarks within the Act.

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