Modifying construction working hours

The government has introduced a temporary fast track deemed consent route to amend planning restrictions on construction working hours.

The new, temporary fast track deemed consent route (under section 74B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990) enables urgent changes to construction working hours to support safe construction working, in line with the government's latest social distancing guidance on construction and other outdoor work.

See the published guidance for further information.

What information is needed from applicants

Applicants will need to provide details of:

  • the planning permission to which the application relates
  • the existing agreed construction working hours
  • details to identify the condition or approved document, such as construction management plan detailing the working hours
  • the proposed revised construction working hours
  • the date the revised construction working hours should take effect
  • the date on which the application is sent
  • the date on which the revised construction working hours should cease to have effect (no later than 1 April 2021)

To aid swift decision making, applicants should also provide:

  • a short justification on why extended hours are necessary to enable safe working practices on site
  • a list of the primary construction activities expected to take place during the extended working hours, including plant and equipment to be used
  • a proportionate assessment (where relevant) of the likely impact of noise upon sensitive uses near to the site (for example, dwellings, hospitals and care homes)
  • details of their mitigation plan

How to apply and fees

To apply, email providing the details required above. There's no fee required.

Page last updated: 21 Jan 2021