For those who complain to NEA on the noise level at the construction site, here is NEA's standard reply.
2 We are sorry to learn of your unpleasant experiences on noise from the construction activities at the above sites. We also apologise for the delay in responding to you as we are monitoring the situation at the sites for a longer period.
3 The National Environment Agency (NEA) controls construction noise using a set of maximum permissible noise limits stipulated under the Environmental Protection and Management (Control of Noise at Construction Sites) Regulations. The allowable noise limits are more stringent for the night time (10.00pm to 7.00am) and on weekends than the noise limits for the daytime during weekdays. The noise limits are also more stringent for premises that are more sensitive to noise disturbances, e.g. hospital, home for the aged, schools and residential areas.
4 Construction companies are required to take noise abatement measures and manage their works to comply with the noise limits. However, the Regulations do not restrict the working hours for the contractor at the construction site.
5 You may wish to visit NEA’s website: http://app2.nea.gov.sg/topics_noise.aspx for more information on noise control at a construction site.
6 The contractor responsibles for the project at the above worksite has installed two real time noise monitoring equipment at the nearest buildings to the site, to measure the noise levels generated from the construction works on a continuous basis. NEA would monitor and check the noise reports continuously for non-compliance. The contractor at the site had been fined $5,000.00 for causing loud noise exceeded the permissible noise limit in Mar 2010.
7 Notwithstanding the above, we have required the contractor to implement necessary measures to further minimise causing noise nuisance to neighbouring residents, especially at night and during weekends. NEA will continue to monitor the construction site closely and will take another stern enforcement actions against the contractor should he carry out works that generate noise exceeding the permissible noise limits again.
8 If you need further clarification or would like to provide feedback on the noise situation at the construction site, please call NEA hotline at 1800-CALL NEA (1800-2255 632).
9 We thank you for your feedback.
Pollution Control Department. National Environment Agency