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Demolition and dangerous structures

How to apply

Costs

What we do

Other consents

Guidance on demolitions

Report a dangerous structure

If you want to demolish a building you will (in most cases) need to serve a demolition notice on us, at least six weeks before you wish to begin work.

How to apply

You must complete and return the pdf icon control of demolition notice [238kb] along with the appropriate fee and supply the following information:

  • a location plan identifying the building
  • a method statement
  • a health and safety plan, and
  • the appointed contractors public liability insurance.

Costs

The cost of processing a demolition notice can be found in the pdf icon Planning and building control fees and charges [36kb] document.

What we do

When we receive a valid application, we will consult with the relevant parties. When this process is completed we will issue the consent to demolish. This will include conditions which you must follow when the demolition is carried out.

Other consents

You may also need consent under the Town and Country Planning Act before the building is demolished. Please contact us for advice on this.

Guidance on demolitions

The Health and Safety Executive have information on the legal duties associated with carrying out a demolition, including codes of practice for demolition work and the removal of asbestos.

Report a dangerous structure

If you feel a building or structure is dangerous and is a threat to public safety, please contact us immediately. For example, if a building is in danger of collapsing or there are parts that have come loose.

We provide 24 hour dangerous structure cover. During normal office hours call us on 01623 463077. In an out of hours emergency contact our Central Control on 01623 463050.

We will inspect the building and decide on the course of action required.

We will make reasonable steps to contact the owner and occupier.

If this is not possible, emergency procedures will be carried out to make the structure safe. The costs incurred will be passed to the owner(s) for recovery.

In some cases we may need to apply to the Magistrates' Court for an order to make the owner carry out the required work. We will charge for this.

The costs are in our pdf icon Planning and building control fees and charges [36kb] document.

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