Managing DIY noise

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Since most people have to carry out DIY at times when they are not at work, they may need to do work such as redecorating or putting up shelves round the house in the evenings or at weekends.

The time when this sort of work is done needs to be considered carefully, particularly in flats or houses with a party wall when noise can be easily transmitted.

Work on shared walls or floors between properties can be a particular problem. In these instances, it is advisable to notify neighbours before carrying out any work.

Reasonable times to carry out DIY

Ideally people need a rest from noise at the weekend and in the evenings and it is especially important if young children are involved.

As a guide, one-off noisy DIY activities should normally be restricted to the following hours:

  • Saturday 09.00 to 17.00;
  • Sunday 10.00 to 14.00;
  • Weekdays 09.00 to 19.00.

However, each case is different and if the noise goes on over a number of weeks, then further restrictions may be necessary.

Tips for neighbour-friendly DIY

  • Make sure the equipment you use is up to the job - poorly maintained equipment, or equipment in need of repair will usually make a lot more noise. What's more, the job will often take much longer than if you had the correct piece of gear.
  • The radio - often, people put the radio on when they are doing DIY. If you want to do this, please consider your neighbours and keep the volume down, especially in the evenings.

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Contact Details

Environmental Health,
Ipswich Borough Council,
3W Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,