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Demolition

A building permit is required for the demolition and/or removal of a building or part of a building except for the demolition of a free standing outbuilding (class 10 building) that:

  • is not constructed of masonry, and
  • does not exceed 40 square metres in floor area, and
  • the works will not adversely affect the safety of the public or occupiers of the building, and
  • is not work carried out on a building included on the Heritage Register.

Note: Certain building work that does not require a building permit, may require a planning permit under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

The building permit process for demolition and/or removal can be complicated and time consuming and can lead to costly litigation if not carried out correctly. For this reason, demolition permits are very rarely granted to owner-demolishers but are issued to registered demolition contractors.

If you intend to be an owner-demolisher you must provide your building surveyor with evidence that you have the necessary knowledge, experience, equipment and storage facilities to properly conduct the demolition.

The Victorian Building Authority has produced a number of publications that should be considered regarding the demolition process.