Contractors in Woodstock can now seek permission for after-hours construction administratively, rather than having to go before the City Council, according to a recent amendment to city codes. AJC FILE

Woodstock allows staff approval of after-hours construction

The Woodstock City Council has amended city codes to let contractors wishing to work outside normally permitted construction hours to seek an administrative exemption to time restrictions.

Before, a contractor wanting to work outside the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 a.m. would have had to come to the City Council for approval.

Now, if the contractor can make a case for hardship and that his work wouldn’t affect community health, safety or welfare, he can apply for an exemption to the time restrictions from the chief of police and a building official, or their designees.

The request for an after-hours construction permit would have to specify times and dates when the work would be done, and the applicant would be required to notify residential properties within 750 feet of the job site 10 days in advance.

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