Construction working hours: guidance

This guidance sets out further detail on the new route for applicants seeking to extend construction site working hours introduced in the Business and Planning Act.

This publication was withdrawn on

This guidance is withdrawn as the temporary application route to amend construction hours introduced via the Business and Planning Act 2020 ended on 31 March 2021. A written ministerial statement made on 25th March 2021 set out the government’s support for continued flexibility in respect of construction working hours until 30 September 2021.

Applies to England



The guidance provides further detail on the new route to seeking a temporary extension of construction site working hours and sets out considerations which local authorities must take into account in determining applications under this proposed new route.

See the Business and Planning Bill.

Published 25 June 2020
Last updated 22 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. The Business and Planning Act received Royal Assent on 22 July 2020. Therefore this guidance is no longer draft and has been updated to reflect the provisions in the Act.

  2. This proposed draft guidance was amended on 20/07/20 following debate of the Business and Planning Bill at House of Lords Committee Stage.

  3. First published.