Dangerous structures and demolition - Demolition


With certain exceptions, if you intend to demolish a building, or part of a building, you must give the Building Control Unit six weeks notice, prior to the demolition works commencing. However, the necessary tasks are normally carried out within two weeks.

You must also inform the Health & Safety Executive, owners of neighbouring properties, and local gas, water and electricity providers.

Building Control will inform statutory undertakers or other relevant bodies (eg. gas, water, electricity, fire and rescue service and adjacent owners) that you have submitted your application. Our Planning and Environmental Health Units are also informed.

The Council will issue a “Counter Notice” to you, which outlines the conditions under which the demolition should take place. These conditions would normally include the following:

  • Weatherproofing and shoring up of adjacent buildings;
  • Removal of rubbish and debris resulting from the works;
  • Repair of any damage to an adjacent building caused by the demolition works;
  • Enclosing the site to prevent unauthorised access;
  • Disconnection and sealing of any redundant drains, and
  • A general statement concerning the security of the site and the manner by which the demolition works should take place.

Inspections are carried out as demolition work proceeds to ensure the conditions of the counter notice are met.

If a building is found to contain dangerous or toxic materials such as asbestos, or such materials are to be removed from site, you must inform the Health and Safety Executive who are the enforcing authorities in these situations.

Problems relating to dust and noise pollution are dealt with by legislation enforced by the Council’s Environmental Health department.



Last Updated on Thursday, August 8, 2019