Do it Yourself (D.I.Y.)
Most property occupiers will at some time wish to make changes to their home. Often where improvements are being carried out by the property occupier, this work will take place in the evenings or at weekends.
The Environmental Protection Team considers that, where works are being undertaken by the property occupier, they will normally constitute D.I.Y.. However, in certain circumstances, where extensive renovation of a property is expected to last several months or works are exceptionally noisy, Officers may determine that the work is construction and the hours or work should be restricted.
(Advice on noise from Construction Sites) Link back to this if necessary
How to minimise disruption from D.I.Y. activities
- try to keep noisy activities such as hammering, drilling and using power tools to a minimum. Avoid doing such works late in the evening or early in the morning. Hired equipment is often similar to that used by professional builders and can be very noisy
- keep your neighbour informed- Most complaints can be avoided if neighbours discuss proposed works in advance. You should advise your neighbours of the intended timescales and potential impact of the work.
- avoid working during sensitive times- Most people will be less tolerant of noise in the evenings and on Sundays and Bank Holidays. You may also wish to consider delaying work if your neighbour has visitors
- when working on a party wall, ceiling or floor be aware that noise will be amplified in your neighbour’s property.
- ensure that your radio is played at a reasonable volume- if you are playing music whilst you work be aware that this could also cause a disturbance. Do not increase the volume to be audible over tools being used.
- if you are intending to undertake a lot of work on your property, try to ensure that noisy work is interspaced with less disturbing works to give your neighbour a break.
Your neighbour may be unaware of the problems they are causing you. If you feel you are able to do so, you should talk to them regarding the noise disturbances you are experiencing before contacting the Council.