We have found over the years that noise generated by construction work is one of the biggest sources of complaint.
Building work can often be very noisy, particularly if there is demolition.
Section 10(12)(b) states that an Award may determine ‘the time and manner of executing any work’. Therefore, a Surveyor may specify the working hours with a view to reducing the level of inconvenience experienced by the neighbour.
It should be noted however, that any restrictions a Surveyor imposes on the work only applies to the notifiable work i.e. the work that is set out in the Notices or in Clause 2 of the Award. Therefore, you may still find that noisy work takes place outside the hours set out in the Award. This can cause some considerable frustration, however, there is little that a Party Wall Surveyor can do if noisy work takes place but does not fall within the remit of The Party Wall Act.
We would recommend that you familiarise yourself with the Council’s working hours. It is our view that an Award cannot authorise work outside of the Council’s stipulated working hours. The Award can however reduce these hours, for example, the Council may allow work on a Saturday from 8 am until 1 pm whilst a Surveyor can Award that there is simply no work on a Saturday.
If you are concerned with working hours and require any further advice, you are welcome to contact us.