Demolition - Control, Advice & Enforcement

The Building Act 1984: Sections 80-83

Public Safety is always paramount when assessing demolition works.
The Building Act 1984 contains provisions that enable local authorities to control certain demolition works for the protection of public safety and to ensure adjoining premises and the site are made good on completion of the demolition.
A notice of conditions is issued that can require certain works to be undertaken to achieve these aims. It does not apply to minor buildings.

Procedure - Giving us notice of your intention to carry out a demolition.

Section 80 of the Building Act 1984 places an obligation on anyone intending to demolish a building to give notice to the Building Control Section. The form required is a Section 80 - Notice of intention to Demolish.
On receipt of the notice a surveyor will carry out a site survey to determine what conditions will be necessary to control the process of demolition, the remedial works needed on adjoining buildings, the effects on services and the treatment of the site on completion.
The Council has the statutory period of six weeks to issue the demolition notice but we aim to do this within 2 weeks or earlier.

When notified of commencement, the surveyor can carry out inspections during the course of demolition and on completion to ensure the conditions of demolition are met.

This will be dependant on the complexity of demolition and any works that may need to be carried out to make the site safe.

Informing neighbours and reducing the impact of demolition.

  • send a letter to the neighbours before work starts, telling them about the work and what to expect. Give the neighbours a contact name and telephone number and keep them informed.
  • deal promptly with any complaints received on site.
If you intend to carry out a demolition then go to forms and fees for a Section 80 notice form or if you need information or advice regarding demolition then please contact us.