Building works & delivery hours

Legally, building work and deliveries that make an audible noise must only take place between 6:30am and 6:30pm Monday to Saturday. No work is allowed on Sundays and public holidays.

Building activities include:

  • building, repairing, altering, moving or demolishing a building
  • installing or removing scaffolding for a building
  • providing services for a building, for example, drainage, heating, lighting, sewerage or water supply
  • earthworks, for example, excavating, filling or retaining work
  • delivery or removal of building materials or equipment.

Applying for an after-hours building work (noise) permit

We may issue an after-hours building work (noise) exemption permit if:

  • works cannot be completed during standard work hours
  • works cause a danger to public safety during standard work hours
  • the work zone affects public infrastructure, for example, light rail
  • works would cause unacceptable traffic impact if done within standard work hours.

Emergency work

If the work is an emergency and 10 business days' notice cannot be provided, please call us between 8am to 4pm, Monday and Friday on 07 5582 8184.

Special exemption

A special exemption may be granted for local, state and federal government projects only. There is no fee attached to this application. When completing the application form clearly state why your project falls into this category by detailing it in the description of work section.

Permit conditions

The applicant / property owner is responsible for meeting the conditions of an after-hours building work (noise) permit. A fine of up to 50 penalty units applies for failing to meet the conditions.

The permit may also be changed or cancelled.

For more information, contact our Development Compliance team:

Phone: 07 5582 8184
Email: devcom_operational@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

How to apply

Use this form to apply for an after-hours building (noise) permit. Fees apply. For information in fees, go to our online fee enquiry or the Register of fees and charges.

Your application will be assessed in 10 business days.

Once you submit your application, you may be asked to submit an acoustic report prepared by a qualified and practising acoustic engineer.

Online

Step 1.Gather your documents

You will must submit the following  supporting information with your application:

  • times and dates for the intended work
  • number of staff undertaking the work
  • contact details of the person in charge of the work
  • plant/equipment/machinery and noise output (dBs) of the equipment, etc.
  • application fee payment.

Step 2.Complete the application form

Apply online

In person

Step 1.Gather your documents

You must include the following supporting information with your application:

  • times and dates for the intended work
  • number of staff undertaking the work
  • contact details of the person in charge of the work
  • plant/equipment/machinery and noise output (dBs) of the equipment, etc.
  • application fee payment.

Step 2.Complete the application form

Download, print and complete the Application for after-hours building and delivery permit(PDF, 431KB)

Step 3.Visit one of our customer service centres

Submit your application at one of our customer service centres Monday to Friday between 8.15am and 4.30pm.

By mail

Step 1.Gather your documents

You must include the following supporting information with your application:

  • times and dates for the intended work
  • number of staff undertaking the work
  • contact details of the person in charge of the work
  • plant/equipment/machinery and noise output (dBs) of the equipment, etc.
  • application fee payment.

Step 2.Complete the application form

Download, print and complete the Application for after-hours building and delivery permit(PDF, 431KB)

Step 3.Send us your completed application form

Post to:

City of Gold Coast
PO Box 5042
GCMC QLD 9726