Apply for a demolition notice

If you need to demolish a building or part of a building (greater than 1750 cubic feet) you must apply for a demolition notice six weeks before you start the work. There's no fee to apply.

Download Apply for a demolition notice [PDF, 86KB]

You must:

  • support any other buildings that may be affected by the demolition
  • weatherproof any surfaces of adjacent buildings that are exposed by the demolition
  • repair any damage to other buildings caused by the demolition
  • remove material or rubbish resulting from the demolition
  • disconnect and seal any points (for example sewers or drains) in or under the building
  • repair any ground disturbed by the demolition
  • disconnect the gas, electricity and water supply to the building
  • inform companies and agencies with legal rights to the building
  • inform any neighbours that might be affected by the demolition
  • check for planning permission especially if the building you want to demolish is a listed building or in a conservation area

Asbestos

If you're working with asbestos you must:

  • remove any asbestos cement before the building is demolished (where possible)
  • avoid breaking any sheets of asbestos (where possible)
  • keep the asbestos material wet at all times
  • lower any asbestos material onto a clean hard surface (where possible)
  • remove waste and debris from site as soon as possible to prevent crushing
  • dispose of the waste and debris safely
  • never bulldoze broken asbestos cement sheet into piles
  • never dry sweep asbestos cement debris
  • give adequate information on the hazards and risks
  • be trained in the correct safe working practices (including using appropriate protective clothing and respiratory equipment)

Asbestos is classed as a hazardous waste and can only be disposed at licensed recycling centre or using a licensed asbestos removal service.