Demolition - control and advice


If you intend to demolish a building exceeding 50 cubic metres, (roughly the size of a single garage), you need to complete a demolition notification form to obtain a licence. 

Notify us about a demolition


You must not commence until a demolition notice is issued.

The process

You need to:

  • send us your intention to demolish at least six weeks prior to the start of the works - this should include a site plan showing the boundaries and extent of demolition
  • include information such as precautionary measures your intend to put into place to safe guard adjacent buildings and any general public protection measures
  • notify adjacent occupiers and the gas, electric and water suppliers

We will aim to issue you with a counter notice within 5 working days. You should not commence demolition until you receive this notice. The counter notice will contain conditions designed to secure the health and safety of the public.

Copies of the counter notice will be sent to the gas, electric and water suppliers and also adjacent occupiers, Environmental Health and the Fire Service.

Bats and birds

Before undertaking demolition works, appropriate action must be taken to check the building or structure for evidence of bats as a European protected species. Reasonable effort must also be taken to ensure no bird nests are present as these are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Relevant guidance is listed below:

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