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Do I Need Planning Permission To Knock Down a Building?

There are a number of reasons as to why a land owner might want to knock down a building. Perhaps you’re a homeowner, whose garage has fallen into disrepair and feel a garden could work better instead. Perhaps you’re a business owner who requires a building to match your fast-paced industry. Or maybe, you’ve just been unlucky and have found an array of faulty wiring and damaged integral structures meaning it would be better to just scrap the lot and build anew. 

Whatever your reasons, it’s important to know the rules and regulations when starting such a project, and one of the most common questions we receive at Wasteaway Nationwide is: “Do I need planning permission to knock down a building?”

The short answer is: In most cases, no. 

However, it all comes down to the type of building being demolished. We will explore the rules around this in more detail below, so you know exactly what you need to get the demolition process going.

We regularly carry out demolition work and we are specialists in the removal of construction waste.  

Do I need planning permission to demolish my house?

Demolition of a property is normally not classed as “development” so in most cases planning permission will not be needed. Although, you will need to get a demolition permit. Contact your local planning authority beforehand to let them know of your intention to demolish so that they can be involved with the process.

Do I need planning permission to demolish a non-listed commercial building?

For non-listed commercial buildings, you will need to approach the council so that they can be involved with the process as, again, a demolition permit is required. You will also need to make sure you have the asbestos reports disconnect reports so that the demolitions company is as informed as possible.

Do I need planning permission to demolish a listed building?

When it comes to listed buildings then once again, the local planning authority will need to be involved from the beginning. So will the Heritage society, due to the historical significance of the building.

Get in touch with Wasteaway Nationwide

We want to help your demolition process and make it as easy as possible. Wasteaway Nationwide are specialists in waste management and recycling processes, and have a range of services to accompany any demolition project, from grab hire to commercial property clearance.

If you’re still unsure about your permit needs, feel free to get in contact with us and we’ll help to guide you through the process.

Call us now to speak to a member of the Wasteaway team: 0330 122 8822


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