SEOUL, Jul. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Since Seocho became the first district in Seoul to introduce a three-strike system for construction noise last June, a number of building projects have been halted during the weekend and on holidays in a bid to tackle the issue of construction noise in the area.
According to the Seocho District Office’s construction noise standards, for buildings that are over five stories tall and cover an area larger than 1,000 square meters, construction work is prohibited before nine in the morning and after six in the evening on Saturdays and national holidays, with a complete ban on Sundays.
Under Seocho’s three-strike system, companies that are found in breach of the standards are hit with an administrative order of suspension.
Since the standards concerning noise from construction were put in place last year, seven-day long suspensions have been issued on two occasions, to companies that had already been warned twice by the district office.
Five other sites that breached the office’s standards once received a notice of infringement, while corrective measures were taken for 13 first offenders.
Along with the three-strike system, the Seocho District Office is running a penalty points system which penalizes companies that run afoul of the office’s noise standards during bidding for government construction projects.
“To ensure a peaceful living environment for residents, we’ll continue our efforts to manage and control construction noise. It will be made widely known that in Seocho District, construction work isn’t allowed on Sundays,” said Cho Eun-hee, the head of the Seocho District Office.
Hyunsu Yim (firstname.lastname@example.org)