Demolition of buildings can improve immensely the surrounding environment and make way for new design. It can also contribute to the conservation of the earth's depleting stock of natural materials, in most cases 85% of demolition materials can be reduced, reclaimed, re-used and recycled.
Like most construction work, it is subject to controls introduced to protect neighbouring property, the environment and public health. Demolition work must not start without notice, in writing, being given to Building Control. This notice must be given 6 weeks before the work starts so that Building Control can visit the site to decide whether any special measures should be incorporated into the proposed demolition, such as shoring adjacent buildings, weather proofing exposed walls, disconnecting and sealing drains. It is also important to note when costing a job that burning materials on site is not permitted.
When demolishing dwellings the Planning Service of the Council will need to be informed.
The notice given to Building Control must be by the person undertaking the work and should include:
- The address of the building to be demolished
- The extent of the demolition work
- The date the work will commence
- A method statement
A statement confirming that a copy of the notice has been sent to:
- The owners/occupiers of adjacent buildings
- Northern Gas Networks and YEDL
It would also help if Yorkshire Water and British Telecommunications could be included in the notification. For further information ring any of our Building Control Offices.