If you’re planning on building a property or an extension, you’ll need to get the relevant permissions in place before you start. However, what a lot of people don’t realize is that when you carry out a demolition there’s also a lot of requirements.
Manchester-based demolition experts Booth Hill provide a look at the essentials surrounding demolition and what you’ll need to do before the work starts.
Get the paperwork right
Although you are removing property rather than building it, you could still need planning permission from your local authority to make the changes.
You’ll normally need to notify them in writing at least six weeks before you plan on carrying out the demolition. You’ll also need to get in touch with the utility providers as well as the owners of any nearby or adjoining buildings.
There are some circumstances in which you do not require permission or approval and don’t need to provide advance notification. These are a removal of:
- Agricultural buildings which are detached
- Sheds, conservatories, greenhouses or prefabricated garages
- Any building which is less than 1750 cubic feet.
The local authority will let you know whether there are any requirements which relate to the demolition. In some cases, particularly if the building is cited, they may only approve a partial demolition.
Although it may sound like more work, a total demolition is often far easier than a partial demolition. This is because with a partial demolition, it may not be possible to use machines and powered equipment and the residual structure may need to be supported. This could include using window strutting, shoring and floor props.
The local authority may also impose certain requirements for the demolition. This could include protecting nearby properties by putting measures in place for potential problems such as collapse, water damage and removal of debris.
Go to the experts
When a demolition is taking place, the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations apply so it’s essential to use experts to complete the work.
As well as making sure all the precautionary measures have been put in place, they can also look out for other problems such as the presence of asbestos. Although it’s not been used in construction for many years, it remains in a large number of older buildings and presents no threat providing it’s intact and not disturbed.
However, with work such as demolition, dangerous asbestos fibres can be released into the air. A specialist will, therefore, be required to remove and dispose of the asbestos properly.
Demolition firms carry out a huge number of jobs and can guide you on any aspect that you’re unsure about, including the paperwork that needs to be done. And if you’re hoping to preserve some of the timber or slates for re-use, professional demolition companies will be able to help you as much as possible if you let them know in advance.