The Building Control Team is also responsible for the control of demolition and dangerous structures.
If you are planning to carry out demolition work you may need to let us know before you start.
We need to be notified if the demolition is more than 50m3 in volume. This can be about the size of a two storey rear extension. The application must be made at least six weeks before the work is due to start.
Planning permission may also be required for some types of demolition, particularly in a conservation areas and you may need to obtain a party wall agreement with any adjoining owner.
Once your application has been received we will issue a notice setting out various conditions which are intended to ensure that the work is carried out safely and with no loss of public amenity.
No demolition operation can start unless we have given a notice under Section 81 of the Building Act 1984 or six weeks has passed since you gave us notice. This period is required to allow time for us to consult interested parties. We will try to consult as quickly as possible and in many cases will be able to give a notice within seven days.
It is also the responsibility of the person carrying out the demolition to consult occupiers of adjacent buildings and the gas and electricity companies.
Where notice is given under Section 81, a copy must also be given to the owners and occupiers of any building adjacent to the demolition site. If material is to be burnt on site, the Fire Service and the Health and Safety Executive must also be given a copy.
The notice may contain the following conditions:
If a building or structure is considered dangerous to anyone in or around it, the council has powers to make the owner remove the danger. If the owner cannot be found in an emergency situation, we may remove the danger and recharge the owner(s).
If you become aware of a danger complete the enquiry form below or call us on 01256 844844.
Building control team
If you have an enquiry about building control, send a message to the Building Control Team.
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