Construction companies will be
fined up to 200,000 yuan (US$25,000), seven times as much as previous penalties,
if they violate a new noise management regulation approved by the Beijing
Under the regulation, loud construction work should not occur between 10 p.m.
and 8 a.m. or during middle school or college entrance examination days except
for emergencies, the city's environmental protection bureau said on Sunday.
The new regulation also bans street sellers from using loudspeakers to
attract customers, threatening a fine of up to 50,000 yuan (US6,250).
House owners will also be fined if the noise from home improvements severely
affects their neighbors.
Beijing has experienced worsening noise pollution alongside its rapid
development. Nearly half of all environmental complaints are about noise from
construction sites, business hawkers or home improvements, according to the
"A sound sleep should not be a luxury for residents," said a spokesman from
The previous noise management regulation was issued in 1984 and was revised
in 1997, but it can no longer meet the demands of residents, according to the