This is a plea to those property owners in Greenside who are doing renovations or building work on their properties to be considerate of your neighbours. Let them know that you are doing building work, let CAP know that you are having builders on site (this is an excellent proactive security measure) and PLEASE be mindful of not creating and noise disturbance after hours/ and public holidays.

If a property is under construction, these are the laws that guide hours of work.

Regulation F6 of National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, 1977 (as amended 30.05.2008) states:

(2)(a) No person shall during the course of any building, demolition or excavation work use any machine, machinery, engine, apparatus, tool or contrivance, which in the opinion of the local authority may unreasonably disturb or interfere with the amenity (comfort, peace) of the neighbourhood:

(i)    on a public holiday or Sunday

(ii)    before 06:00 or after 17:00 on any Saturday; and

(iii)   before 06:00 or after 18:00 on any day other than those days contemplated in subparagraphs (i) and (ii)

(b) The prohibition in paragraph (a) shall not apply in any circumstances in which the use of such machine, machinery, engine, apparatus, tool or contrivance –

(i)    is urgently necessary in order to preserve the life, safety or health of any person;

(ii)    is urgently necessary to preserve property;

(iii)   has been authorized by the local authority; or

(iv)   is necessary for the execution of work being carried out on behalf of any public authority.

(3) Any owner or person who contravenes a provision of this regulation shall be guilty of an offence.

If you believe that a builder or your neighbour is contravening these regulations, first speak to your neighbour or the builder. If you get no positive response, call JMPD (011 375 5911) or SAPS Parkview (011-067 6000).

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