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Extended hours for NSW building sites to continue

Extended hours for NSW building sites to continue

NEWS FLASH - FROM HIA NSW February 11, 2022

Our friends at HIA NSW have briefed us with this update about worksite limitations and extended hours.

NSW Executive Director, David Bare writes;

Temporary COVID-19 extended construction working hours will stay in place until the end of March 2022

Today, the NSW Treasurer, Matt Kean and the Minister for Planning, Anthony Roberts announced that extended construction hours for building sites, will be in place until 31 March 2022.

This allows the industry to work on Saturday afternoons, with quiet work permitted on Sundays.

No construction work is permitted on public holidays.

HIA has been advocating for the continuation of these flexible working hours to support the industry during the pandemic to create space on sites and minimise further project delays.

Limitations on construction work

The COVID-19 Construction Works Order 2022 allows for the following work:

  • Saturday: 8am to 5pm with restrictions on noisy works including no blasting, rock breaking, rock hammering, sheet piling, pile driving or similar activities.
  • Sunday: 9am to 5pm for quieter works with the following restrictions included:
    • no blasting, rock breaking, rock hammering, sheet piling, pile driving or similar activities;
    • works must not exceed a noise and vibration threshold of 5 dB, measured at the site boundary; and
    •  no use of power tools or playing music from radios or other electronic devices by workers or other persons on site.

Builders must also take all feasible and reasonable measures to minimise noise to reduce the impact on neighbours.

Article written by Mr. David Bare, NSW Executive Director, provided to Hardware & General as a member alert, 11 February 2022.