Out of Hours Work

Changes to Approved Construction Work Hours in response to COVID-19

The Environmental Planning and Assessment (COVID-19 Development—Construction Work Days) Order (No 3) 2021 was made on 30 July 2021 by Rob Stokes MP – Minister for Planning and Public Space, permitting construction to take place again on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays until 24 December 2021.

The Order permits construction work to occur on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays within the approved weekday hours associated with development approved under Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Complying Development under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008, and State Significant development. Rock breaking, rock hammering and similar activities are not permitted on weekends and public holidays unless an existing consent or approval already allows these works to occur on any of the extended days.

Whilst Order No 3 is in effect in Hornsby Shire, this generally will mean that construction sites will occur:

  • 7am-5pm, Monday to Saturday
  • 7am-5pm, Sundays and Public Holidays, but should not involve rock breaking, rock hammering, sheet piling, pile driving or similar activities.

For further information, please read Order No 3, or visit the NSW Planning website.

An Out of Hours Permit is required to carry out work on building sites outside normal permitted times. The normal working hours as approved by Council are:

  1. General

    Monday to Friday, 7am-5pm
    Saturday, 7am-5pm
    Sunday and public holidays - no work permitted
  2. Development Application conditions

    Where a DA has been issued for the works, those conditions will dictate the permitted working hours.


Council recognises there are circumstances where it is necessary to carry out works on building sites outside of permitted times.

Each application will be assessed on its individual merit and circumstances, taking into account the effect on the safety and amenity to residents and general public. All applications must be approved by a Council Officer and will not automatically be granted approval.

Applications should be lodged at least 48 hours ahead of the scheduled works. This will allow time to consider the request and to notify local residents. Applications need to clearly outline the works and provide justification.

Common Reasons

  • Concrete pours: Where there is an engineering requirement, frequency of concrete deliveries, weather and size of the pour itself.
  • Tower crane installations and dismantle: For safety reasons, minimise traffic disruption / road closures and restricted travel times for heavy vehicles.
  • Restricted delivery times and access: Restricted travel times for heavy vehicles, restrictions placed by other authorities or impacts emergency services such as hospitals.
  • Business park or shopping precinct: For safety reasons and to minimise disruption to daily tenants.

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Applying for an Out of Hours permit can now be made online with the upfront payment of the non-refundable Permit Fee.

The total cost payable by the applicant will be based on Council’s Fees and Charges as applicable for the works to be carried out. The permit will be assessed by Council’s Environmental Compliance Officer.

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