Demolition

The Building Act 1984 contains provisions that enable local authorities to control demolition works for the protection of public safety and amenity and to ensure adjoining premises and the site are made good on completion of the demolition.

If you want to complain about noise, dust, hours of work or site safety please contact the compliance and enforcement team

Procedure

If you intend to demolish a building you are required to notify us. You can either:

You must also send a copy to the utility services (water, gas and electricity) and the occupier of any adjacent building. This legislation applied to inner London boroughs from 1st July 2004.

What happens next?

On receipt of the notice the building will be visited to determine whether conditions need to be imposed to control the process of demolition, the remedial works needed on adjoining buildings, the effect on services and the treatment of the site on completion.

You need to consult with the development control team when the building is to be demolished.

Our asset management team will inspect the condition of the existing pavements and road surface so that any damage as a result of the demolition may be reinstated at the expense of the person carrying out the demolition.

If any temporary road closures or alteration to pedestrian routes are necessary please seek advice about traffic

We have six weeks to issue our notice of conditions but will aim to do this earlier wherever possible. It is unlawful to commence demolition until this notice is given.

Inspections will be made during the course of demolition and on completion as necessary to ensure that the conditions we impose are met and a charge will be made to recover expenses incurred for undertaking surveys and for issuing the notice of conditions.

Attention is drawn to the Construction Design and Management Regulations 1994 that apply to all demolition works and to the Party Wall etc Act 1996 in respect of works to party walls, party fence walls and party structures.

Contact

Should you wish to discuss your proposals before submitting the application, please contact our building control team

Schedule of service providers

London Fire Brigade
Fire Safety Regulation: South West Area 4
169 Union Street
London SE1 0LL
T: 020 8555 1200 x34300
F: 020 85365957
M: 020 7960 3629
E: firesafetyregulationSW@london-fire.gov.uk

Health & Safety Executive
Rose Court
2 Southwark Bridge
LONDON
SE1 9HS
T: 020 7556 2100

Technical Support Manager, TWUL
Thames Water PLC
Blake House
Manor Farm Road
READING
RG2 0JN
T: 0845 850 2777

EDF
Customer Service Team
Freepost 3814
London
WC1V 6AJ
T: 08701 961056

National Grid PLC
N G T House
Warwick Technology Park
Gallows Hill
WARWICK
CV34 6DA
T: 0800 111994

London Borough of Camden
Building Control
2nd Floor
5 Pancras Square
London
N1C 4AG
T: 020 7974 5131
F: 020 7974 5603

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