If you live in NYC, you’ve likely heard construction noise. Many homeowners and renters are frustrated with it, leading some to seek out ways to limit construction hours. However, that’s a difficult task because it typically requires a change in building bylaws or a complaint to the city’s noise ordinance. A better option is to check the terms of your lease or condo or co-op agreement with your landlord, advises Ben Farrow from The Anderson Law Firm, a LegalShield provider law firm.
In general, construction noise can begin at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on weekends in residential areas, unless there are special circumstances or the work needs to start earlier. The noise restrictions are outlined in the NYC Noise Ordinance and are designed to protect nearby residents’ quality of life.
There are a few exceptions to these rules, such as if the contractor has an after-hours permit for certain projects, or for emergency work. In addition, some occupied school construction activity takes place after normal business hours on weekdays, and on weekends if needed.
If you think you’ve heard construction outside of its permitted hours, you can file a noise complaint with the Department of Buildings through the official NYC 311 website. The first step in filing a complaint is to gather information, including the specific date and time of the violation and the type of work being done. Once you’ve filed the complaint, authorities will investigate and may impose fines for violations.