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Extension to construction working hours

The government’s guidance on modification of planning conditions relating to construction working hours (updated 22 July 2020) and ministerial statement from 13 May 2020 provided a temporary fast-track deemed consent route, under section 74B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, enabling urgent changes to construction working hours to support safe construction working in line with the government’s latest social distancing guidance on construction and other outdoor work. The guidance was in force until 1 April 2021.

The government has published updated coronavirus construction guidance (25 March 2021) and a new ministerial statement from 25 March 2021, enabling the extension to remain in place until 30 September 2021.

Local authorities have 14 calendar days to consider applications for an extension to construction working hours and will endeavour to respond within 10 days. If an application is approved, this will temporarily amend planning restrictions on construction working hours until 30 September 2021, unless either another earlier date has been requested by the applicant or is decided upon by the local planning authority, with the agreement of the applicant.

If the local planning authority does not determine the application within 14 days (excluding public holidays), the revised working hours are deemed to have been consented to and construction can take place in accordance with these new hours.

For further guidance, read the planning legislation.

Apply for an extension to construction working hours

You can only apply for an extension online.