If you intend to demolish the whole or part of a building you need to inform the Building Control department, subject to certain exemptions (see below). You must not start any demolition work until we have replied to your notification by counter notice or after six weeks. You may also require planning consents to demolish certain types of buildings.
Notification of a demolition is not required where:
- The building is less than 1750 cubic feet, measured externally (approximately 50 cubic metres).
- The demolition is of an internal part of any occupied building, which is intended to remain occupied.
- The building is a greenhouse, conservatory, shed or prefabricated garage, even if the building forms part of a larger building.
- Certain agricultural building, unless it is near or touching another building that is not an agricultural building.
- A demolition order under the Housing Act 1985 has been served.
A notification must be sent to the Local Authority (under section 80 of the Building Act 1984) that specifies the building to which the demolition relates and the area of demolition.
Notification can be provided by letter, fax or email, however, for you convenience we have designed a form that you can complete.
Once you have sent us notification that you intend to demolish a building, we will send you a counter notice (Section 81 of the Building Act 1984) setting out requirements on how the demolition is to be undertaken.
Copies of this counter notice will also be sent to:
- Devon and Cornwall Constabulary
- Devon Fire and Rescue Service
- Health and Safety Executive
- South West Water
- Email: email@example.com
- Tel: 01803 208095