All You Need To Know Before Starting A Domestic Demolition Project

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If you are starting a domestic demolition project, it is important to be prepared and to know what the process will involve. Careful preparation and planning will ensure the process is carried out safely, and within the Australian regulatory guidelines.

Demolition can be an overwhelming process as it requires licensed contractors, expert advice and quality workmanship. At Capital Demolition our experts can assist with safe, effective, quality domestic demolition through all stages of the process from start to finish. The following steps need to be taken before demolition can occur:

You Need To Have A Building Inspection

In some cases a building inspection will be required to determine if there are any hazardous materials or safety risks. Records will be made of existing damage and any environmental issues. The inspection will also assess how the property and surrounds might be affected by the demolition.


If you are starting a domestic demolition project a pre-demolition asbestos inspection is necessary to locate all asbestos-containing materials in the building first. By law, asbestos must be removed by a licensed asbestos removal specialist.

You Will Need A Demolition Permit

Depending on what, how much, and where you intend to demolish, demolition permits, planning permits or consents to demolish may be needed. You can check with your local council about what you will need for your project. As these permits can take up to a month to finalise its a good idea to get this organised in advance.

To be eligible for a permit you must ensure that the demolition work will comply with government regulation standards. A licensed contractor is preferred on your forms and a fee is required.

Rodents Will Need To Be Baited

Local councils may require evidence of rodent baiting throughout the building before providing demolition permits. Rats and mice panic when their nests are disturbed and may venture into neighbouring properties.

Your Demolition Company will Implement A Safety Working Method Statement (SWMS)

Your licensed demolition contractor will ensure that there is a safety program that has been given to everyone involved in the demolition project. Each state has a Code of Practice for workplace health and safety. This can include checking for risks associated with the structure, weather conditions, and identifying and checking equipment.

Fences May Be Erected

Your demolition contractor will erect secure temporary fencing to enclose the demolition site prior to commencement of work. Security fencing is a legal requirement to  protect pedestrians from danger, and to provide site security.

Your Utility Companies Will Need To Be Notified

It is necessary to disconnect gas and electricity supply prior to demolition to prevent serious accidents. Discuss with your retailer and power company what else will be required. Capital will prepare all of the application for the meter removals.

The major line can be marked, cut, and capped. Plumbing and drainage need to be disconnected by a licensed plumber. Remember that these disconnection processes take time so be well prepared.

Your Neighbours Might Have Concerns

Demolition work can be very noisy, dusty, and can be an annoyance to neighbours so it is recommended that you advise them of your plans. Your contractor will ensure that there are minimal adverse effects on any adjoining properties or land.

This is the time to talk to neighbours about dividing fences as they may need to be removed as part of the demolition project.

Trees May Need To Be Removed

You may have trees or vegetation which will affect the ease of access to your site. Arranging for removal prior to demolition can make the demolition work easier. Remember that the removal of tree roots which extend into neighbour’s properties may cause some disturbance to their garden beds or paving. Be considerate and advise them beforehand of what you are planning. Verge trees may need to be trimmed to allow access for machinery the council will need to be contacted and informed of the need for this.

Many local councils have tree removal regulations and will require a tree permit especially for protected native species. Again, this will take time to arrange so move on this well in advance of your planned demolition date.

Demolition And Recycling

Ensuring the building to be demolished is safe and structurally stable is the task of your demolition contractor. If necessary temporary braces or propping can be installed for structural stability.

Talk to your contractor about the recycling program prior to demolition so you are assured that only minimal material will be sent to landfill. There are many useful materials from demolition work which can be reused or recycled.

If you need more information about starting a domestic demolition project, get in touch with our friendly team today!