Noise DIY and neighborhood work: weekend hours, public holidays


Everyone must respect the tranquility of your neighborhood. For this, you must at least keep informed of the rules applied in your municipality since the regulations may vary somewhat from one agglomeration to another, and are set either by municipal decree or by prefectural decree. We are therefore not going to list here the regulations specific to each of the 34,839 municipalities of the metropolis, but will try to address what applies in general and the main good attitudes to adopt to limit the unwanted noise related to DIY. either weekdays, weekends, public holidays, day or night.

DIY work: beware of noise pollution!

In terms of noise pollution, and contrary to what many people believe, we can be verbalized at night, but also during the day. We are talking about nocturnal nuisances but also of daytime nuisances. And this is quite understandable.

No one has the right to affect the peace of his entourage for any reason whatsoever, and in this area, the regulation in terms of noise is very clear. What is less is that she is different from one municipality to another. The handyman (Sunday and others) has every interest in learning about the rules on noise pollution related to work if he does not want to get bad with his neighbors or be fined by the Law Enforcement.

Noise from work: the regulations in general

Do-it-yourself work that may be the source of noise pollution is – in some places – prohibited on Sundays and public holidays. They are authorized from Monday to Friday, provided that the interested party respects the imposed time slots by the regulations in force. Generally, its authorized hours are as follows:

  • From 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, but in some cities, the authorized beaches may extend until 7:30 p.m., or even until 10:00 p.m. only from Monday to Friday.
  • From 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays in large cities,
  • From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays in many municipalities,
  • Between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays in certain towns.

For Paris for example, it is a prefectural decree which sets the times and days authorized for carrying out noisy work likely to disturb the neighborhood. They are currently regulated as follows:

  • From 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday to Friday,
  • From 8:00 a.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday,
  • Forbidden on Sundays and public holidays.

However, for the sake of consistency, the National Noise Council showed himself quite favorable to the noises of DIY work from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on working days, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays as well as from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays.

We note that the law allows noisy DIY work on Saturdays during shorter time slots than during the week in order to allow people who work outside all week long can still carry out certain work during the weekend. But the authorized beaches are short because in spite of everything you have to respect the right to rest of your neighbors who have also worked all week.

Regulation tends to maintain good understanding among all. Let us not forget that the noise is a plague, and contrary to what many think, one can as well complain about daytime noise that of nocturnal noise.

It should be noted that the law imposes limits in terms of admissible sound level. For example, at the property line, noise must remain less than or equal to 70 dB (A). This corresponds to a weighted measurement in relation to the sensitivity of the human ear which, as everyone knows, perceives only part of the sounds.

Performing noisy work beyond regulatory limits: the solution

It is quite common that one is forced to do DIY work at home, and as a consequence of make noise outside of authorized hours. To prevent the neighbors, overwhelmed by all this din, end up lodge a complaint for daytime noise and / or nighttime noise, the best solution is to invite them to your home before the work and tell them about your plans. We obviously take this cordial opportunity to to negotiate with them à la carte schedules that suit everyone.

To live in perfect harmony with your neighborhood, it is better to respect the legal hours to perform noisy DIY work. For example, you can take a few days off to tinker outside Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, which allows longer days, and therefore reduces the duration of the work. Respecting your neighbors and their peace of mind is very important and this avoids many conflicts.

DIY work and noise pollution in a condominium?

Note that to carry out noisy work in a condominium, it is strongly recommended to gather all the authorizations that are needed. Neighbors should be properly informed when the works must be carried out within common parts. Some work does not require any specific authorization, namely those carried out in private areas such as electrical work, painting, changing a floor covering or even the removal of a partition to enlarge the living room. The only condition, however, is not to intervene on a load-bearing wall.

Be careful, however, to take all precautions so as not to annoy the co-owners, even when private works. They must respect their right of way and the regulatory schedules so as not to annoy the co-ownership by construction noise (hammers, drill, electric saw, etc.). These times in co-ownership are usually :

  • 8h00-12h00 and 14h00-19h30 on working days,
  • 9h00-12h00 and 15h00-19h00 on Saturday,
  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sundays and public holidays.

Noise during DIY work and neighborhood disturbance: what is the risk?

The notion of noise is extremely subtle. It implies that the disturbance is caused in the neighborhood by noises likely to harm the health of others. However, it is scientifically proven that humans never get used to noises. The law is therefore useful since it punishes a citizen who does not respect the limits set. It is for this reason that any noise considered annoying which is generated before 22:00 may also be punishable. Thus, by not respecting the schedules, the offender is exposed to sanctions, namely:

  • A fine ranging from 68 to 108 euros,
  • Lawsuits.

It should be noted that the construction noise and the DIY noises are regulated by two very distinct articles. For the DIY work, it’s’article R 1334-31 of the Public Health Code which applies. In order to comply with the law, you should consult the official website of your municipality. This makes it possible to ensure the authorized time slots, that is to say those during which it is possible to carry out DIY work or prune trees.

Demonstrate good citizenship, it means, for example, getting organized so that the noisiest DIY jobs are not carried out on Sundays or on public holidays, or even outside the authorized time slots. And as we pointed out previously, in order not to risk a sanction, it is highly recommended to opt for a amicable agreement with its neighbors.