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Residential Construction Hours???

Original post made by PToWN94566 on Oct 31, 2009

Does anybody know what time home construction hours are? A neighbor is having some outdoor "gazebo" built (more like a whole new room with giant roof and outdoor fireplace). Some mornings they have started at 7:15am, others 7:30,8:00,8:15 etc. They usually don't work on weekends, but they are today and it's on my last nerve. Isn't there some noise ordinance, especially for the weekends?

The laughed at my father when he complained about the very early hours (7:15am) and then one of the owners of the house said "O, we don't hear a thing inside our house." (If she reads the online PW, hears a newsflash: you must be deaf if you can't hear loud hammering, talking, or those loud table saws that spew dust into everyone's backyard.)

Comments (13)

Posted by that sucks, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 31, 2009 at 9:43 am

No work is ever allowed before 8 AM and the times are posted on the city site. However, it is buried and nearly impossible to find. Call the police business line and ask, they can send out an officer. You pay your taxes, don't feel badly about using the services. I had a neighbor who thought that power sanding a deck at 6 AM on a Saturday was OK -- right until the time the office showed up.

Posted by that sucks, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 31, 2009 at 9:44 am

one more thing -- it is possible that they need, and perhaps have, a permit. You can check that with the city on Monday. But if they have one it will state the allowed hours. If they don't have one and should have one they you have them over the proverbial barrel.

Posted by PToWN94566, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 31, 2009 at 10:28 am

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Thanks for the suggestions. They do have a permit many neighbors and my household received a notice. However, the whole 7:15/7:30am start time is ridiculous.

I personally believe that construction like this should start after 10am on weekends but if it's 8, I can't do anything about it (other than them starting earlier.)

Posted by that sucks, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 31, 2009 at 1:34 pm

If they have a permit and a licensed contractor is doing the work the permit most likely states that NO WORK may be performed on weekends. Even if they are allowed to work on weekends the start time is something like 10 AM on Sat and 10:30 on Sunday. It is different by half an hour but I don't remember the exact times. You do not have to put up with that noise -- I got work stopped on a non-permitted structure going up behind me because they had a contractor doing it on a Sunday and had started at 8 AM. Then they were shut down completely due to lack of a permit. Had they been considerate about the hours I would never have turned them in.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Oct 31, 2009 at 2:01 pm

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Here's yer applicable City code: Web Link

9.04.100 Construction.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. daily, except Sundays and holidays, when the exemption shall apply between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., construction, alteration or repair activities which are authorized by a valid city permit shall be allowed if they meet at least one of the following noise limitations:

A. No individual piece of equipment shall produce a noise level exceeding 83 dBA at a distance of 25 feet. If the device is housed within a structure on the property, the measurement shall be made outside the structure at a distance as close to 25 feet from the equipment as possible; or

B. The noise level at any point outside of the property plane of the project shall not exceed 86 dBA. (Prior code 4-9.07(d))

(Here's the link to the chapter: Web Link)

Posted by PToWN94566, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm

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Thanks everyone! Stacy, you provided exactly what I was looking for- thank you so much. I'm curious though (even though today is over): was today considered a holiday where they shouldn't have started work until 10am? I'm assuming though that "holidays" mean government recognized. During the week, they have started as early as 7am, so it's good to know there is some type of ordinance.

They were sawing tiles all day today and I could hear it in every room of house that is 3300 sq. ft., even the garage.

Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Nov 1, 2009 at 12:02 am

Make a copy of the city code from Stacey's Web Site and hand it over the fence...

If they ask if they are exceeding the dB level, simply tell them they'll need to procure a dB meter for that determination, and walk away. Don't let them make the dB meter your responsibility...

If this is a reputable contractor, he/she will do the right thing, although, the neighbor could be acting as his own contractor...

Good luck and report back with the results. This kind of stuff is always interesting to us nosy people...:)

Posted by FedUp, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2009 at 1:20 pm

On the subject of noise, does anyone know if there is a cut out time for people to scream at the Sports Park? I thought it was 10 pm, but many days they go way past that.

I don't even live right next to it and I can hear the screaming and yelling sometimes as late as 11, in the Spring mostly.

Posted by res, a resident of another community
on Nov 2, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Fedup you should probably call the cops if you are hearing that so late, with all the vandalism that has gone on you would be doing your community a favor. I believe the park closes 1 hour before dark? the park by where I lived in pleasanton did so there shouldn't be people there at 10 or 11pm.

Posted by FedUp, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2009 at 4:28 pm

I don't think they are vandals. I'm talking about people playing games around 11 PM. what makes me think that the city is OK with that is the fact that the field lights are still on at that time.

So, is it OK by city law or these people are having special treatment?

Posted by PToWN94566, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2009 at 11:13 pm

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FedUp, I'd contact the city and ask. If your speaking of the adult softball complex, they might not have the same hours as the other fields in the sports park. The adult complex is a bit farther back from homes (and closer to a shopping center that has the Poppy Lounge bar) compared to the fields down farther that are literally across the street. I do agree though that events can be loud for hours on end, which do get annoying.

Posted by dman, a resident of Valley Trails
on Nov 3, 2009 at 2:22 am

oh whats the problem, are we upseting all you late night dog walkers who let your dog crap all over the place and dont clean up the mess.or maybe you do make that half baked attempt and leave a nice smeared brown mark where you dog crapped, so that one of us may find it later. the sports park is for sports not dog walking, dogs should stay in dog parks, we cant play sports in your beloved dog parks so stay out of the sports park. dogs should and one day will be outlawed at the sports park, this is not a normal everyone can use park, this is and has always been a sports park.those who disagree are the sameones who think its ok to stand there with your dogs leash in your hand while you watch your dog crap in someone elses yard because you are going to clean it up when the dog is finished. use your own yard because you never get it 100% clean the way it was before you desided it was ok to let your crap in someone elses yard.

Posted by FedUp, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 3, 2009 at 10:01 am

dman, you missed the point by a mile.

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