Basically the local authority Building Controlthe local authority department which deals with the Building Regulations require 6 weeks written notice (except for certain exempt buildings). They may then issue a counter notice with certain conditions attached. These are most likely to do with protecting neighbouring properties and the public. You may be able to download a copy of the notice from the council web site. It will usually require a 1:1250 drawing showing the location plan, buildings to be demolished, adjacent properties and existing drainage which will require sealing off.
Demolition work must comply with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994 including a health and safety plan produced by the principal contractor.
You will also need to be able to show that a Type 3 Asbestos survey has been carried out.
A copy of the notice must then be sent to neighbours and service providers such as gas and electricity.
There are some exceptions to the above including -
- minor demolition work where the volume of the structure is under fifty cubic metres
- internal parts of an occupied building
- agricultural buildings that are not attached to a controlled building
Although demolition may not require planning consentthe legal basis for being allowed to do some form of development such as building a house. (not to be confused with Building RegulationsThese are the legal regulations which govern how a house is constructed. (not to be confused with Planning Permission which is about whether you are allowed to build the house at all or what it might look like) see Building Regulations) which is all about whether the building is properly constructed). see more on Planning Permissionthe legal basis for being allowed to do some form of development such as building a house. (not to be confused with Building Regulations which is all about whether the building is properly constructed). see more on Planning Permission there may be issues if it is within a conservation area or other special type of planning area so a check should be carried out with the local authority planning department. Note that the demolition of a building will not normally, in itself, change the planning status of any particular piece of land.