Building Control

Our highways service controls the demolition of buildings in the interests of safety. They also make sure there's as little impact as possible to the public or people in nearby properties.

You can report emergency demolition problems or report a dangerous structure to us on (01226) 773555 (24 hour).

If you start demolition work without the correct licence we can prosecute you.

Apply for a licence

Not all demolition requires a licence. If you're not sure if you need one please contact us for advice before you apply. 

To apply for a licence you'll need to give us six weeks notice by:

  • downloading and filling in our notice of demolition form or asking us to send you one in the post
  • enclosing a cheque for £320 for the cost of the licence. You can also arrange a payment to us through BACS (please ask us for our reference number)
  • sending a copy of the notice of demolition form to the people who occupy neighbouring buildings
  • sending a copy to the gas and electric providers. This is so their services can be made safe before any work begins

We'll then send you a demolition notice about four to six weeks after we receive your completed form. It's also known as a Section 81 notice of the Building Act 1984.

This will list the steps you need to take during the work to maintain public safety and access. We may also give you a set of conditions that you must comply with along with a time limit.

Important information

You must not begin any work until you've returned your notice of demolition form and:

  • we've issued a demolition notice; or
  • it's six weeks since you gave notice 


We'll take enforcement action against anyone who begins demolition work without giving the correct notice. We'll also take action if you don't comply with any of the conditions set by us.

This could result in a fine of up to £2500 and a criminal conviction.

Further information