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The Building Act contains provisions that enable local authorities to control demolition works for the protection of public safety and to ensure adjoining premises and the site are made good on completion of the demolition.

If you intend to demolish a building, or part of it, that is 50m3 or more, you must give notice to us under Section 80 of The Building Act 1984 and send copies of the notice to the utility services (gas, water and electricity) and also to adjoining owners and/or occupiers.

If all is satisfactory we will issue a consent notice and schedule of requirements.

When the demolition has taken place the site should be cleared and made safe. One of our building control surveyors will usually make a site visit to ensure that the schedule of requirements has been met.

Applications for demolition should be made online six weeks prior to the intended demolition and include a site location plan.

NOTE: Planning permission may also be required and we advise you to contact the relevant Planning Department of the local authority in which the demolition will take place prior to undertaking any demolition work.

Further information regarding demolitions and what you need to know and do, can be obtained from the Health and Safety Executive.