The borough council’s powers to control noise, dust and air
pollution from demolition sites that may affect local residents are
contained in the Control of Pollution Act, 1974.
Under Section 60 of this Act, the Council may serve a notice
imposing requirements as to the way in which works are to be
Such a notice may, in particular:
- specify the plant or machinery which may be used,
- specify the hours during which the works may be carried
- specify noise levels which must not be exceeded,
- provide for any change of circumstances.
Any requirements made by the Council could vary according to
such factors as the type and extent of the work being undertaken
and the site location in relation to the surrounding
Advice to builders and developers
Demolition sites are often near existing residential
accommodation. This can lead to conflict between demolition
contractors and local residents.
However, most residents will in general accept demolition site
noise but will complain if work starts early or finishes late or
takes place on Sundays or Bank Holidays. Generally, sites
operations should be limited to 7:00am to 7:00pm weekdays.
Owners wishing to demolish a building must give notice to the
local authority under Section 80 of The Building Act
North Yorkshire Building Control Partnership (NYBCP) administers
this service on behalf of Hambleton, Richmondshire, Ryedale,
Scarborough and Selby Councils.
Information and relevant documentation, can be found
on the NYBCP
The local authority will continually review and assess housing
conditions in the area to help determine which properties are unfit
for occupancy or are abandoned.