New regulations on noise and construction schedules

Two Ministerial Orders on noise and construction schedules were published in the Journal de Monaco on Friday, December 7th, 2018.

These texts aim to optimise the quality of life in the Principality. They relate to the reinforcement of the supervision of the schedules and periods of realisation of the building sites; the creation of a device to limit construction noise.

This evolution of the texts in force responds to a strong expectation of the resident population. It also responds to that of construction professionals, who can only embark on the path of improvement and exemplarity on stronger regulatory bases.

It is important to mention that the representatives of the Council of the Architects’ Association, the Union of Real Estate Developers and the Construction Chamber have been consulted before the proposed reform. They also intervened twice in the context of the finalisation of the new regulation.

These new texts aim to:

  • Simplify and harmonise the applicable texts, in particular on the schedules and execution periods of the worksites
  • Create or reinforce the rules of supervision of the execution of the building sites
  • Evolve toward exemplary projects

A ministerial decree of September 2010 had already brought a clear improvement on the management of the schedules of building sites, by reducing the daily time slot which, since 1930, could authorise the works of 6h to 22h.

The issue of noise nuisance had also led the Environment Department to develop, in 2011, a circular on construction noise.