In the interest of safety of the general public, occupiers and adjoining owners, most buildings to be demolished are subject to legal requirements administered by the Councils Building Control team.
In most instances if you wish to demolish a building or part of a building, you are required to notify the Local Authority in writing, giving at least six weeks notice. A copy of the notice should also be sent to other interested parties, such as the occupier of any adjacent building, and the local water, gas and electricity supply authorities/companies.
We will write to inform you of any works to be carried out to services and adjoining buildings. This is to ensure that gas, electricity and water supplies are made safe, redundant drains are sealed, affected buildings are properly supported and weatherproofed, and on completion debris is removed and the site made safe. You may only start the demolition if you have received our response to your notice or the six week period has expired. If you commence before that time the local authority may be obliged to take enforcement action under the Building Act 1984.