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If you intend to demolish the whole or part of a building you need to inform us (subject to certain exemptions). Legally you should not start any demolition work unless you have notified us.

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.

Notice

Your notification must specify the building to which it relates and the area of demolition.

Notification can be provided by letter, email or by downloading and completing an the form and sending it to us.

When you notify us of a proposed demolition, you must also send a copy of the notification to the occupiers of any adjacent buildings, and any relevant utility providers.

  Download a notice to demolish form

Fees

There is no fee for this type of notification.

Counter notice

Once you have sent us notification that you intend to demolish a building, we will send you a counter notice setting out requirements on how the demolition is to be undertaken.

Copies of this counter notice will also be sent to:

  • The local gas supplier
  • The local electric supplier
  • The local water supplier
  • The Fire Safety Service
  • Devon and Cornwall Constabulary
  • Planning
  • Any adjacent occupiers

The counter notice issued is not related to Planning Permission or Conservation Area Consent. You should contact Planning to check if you also need planning permission.

If you need to erect a hoarding to separate demolition works from the street you will need to apply for a licence from Highways.