Find out when you require a Demolition Permit, how to apply and other requirements to be aware of.

When is a Demolition Permit required?

Under section 10 of the Building Act 2011, any person demolishing a building or part of a building or structure must ensure that they obtain a Demolition Permit from their local government authority prior to the commencement of any demolition works.

Exemptions

A class 10 building (garage, shed or the like) or structure less than 40m², with no asbestos, which is not likely to adversely affect the health of the occupants of the land or the public does not require a demolition permit. 

What is required to obtain a demolition permit? 

To apply for a demolition permit, the following information is required:

  • A completed Demolition Permit Application Form (BA5)
  • One (1) copy of a scaled site plan (min scale1:200) showing:
            • The building to be demolished and the structures to be retained 
    • Any septic tanks, leach drains, storm water soak wells on the property that are to be removed or retained 
    • A Pest Exterminators Certificate confirming rat baiting has been completed 
    • Building Permit Application Fee and any associated levies (View current Fees and Charges).

Photos of the structure to be demolished are encouraged to be submitted. 

Important note: If the proposed demolition works are likely to adversely affect adjoining land or buildings beyond the boundaries of the demolition site, you will also need to submitted a Notice and Request for Consent of Work Affecting Other Land Form (BA20). This form must be completed and signed by the affected adjoining land owners and submitted with the demolition permit application. 

Upon completion of the works

Upon completion of the works, the demolition contractor must notify the Shire within seven (7) days of completion by lodging a Notice of Completion Form (BA7)

Other requirements

Rodent baiting

It is a requirement that all buildings to be demolished are rodent baited. 

Asbestos removal 

The removal of more than 10m2 of bonded (non-friable) asbestos can only be carried out by a person or business with an asbestos license issued by Worksafe. 

For more information, refer to our dedicated page on asbestos removal and disposal.

Relocatable buildings 

In addition to the above requirements, you will require the following for relocatable buildings:

  • The transport route on Shire roads
  • A Main Roads WA permit for any access on main roads
  • Structural certification that the building is suitable for relocation.

Important notes: Any asbestos is to be removed prior to the structure being brought in to the Shire. 

Commercial buildings

Class 2-9 buildings and dwellings comprising of two or more storeys require the demolition contractor to be licensed by Worksafe, under the Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022. The Demolition Permit will only be issued to the Worksafe registered contractor.

Services

All services to the property must be decommissioned prior to commencing demolition, such as septic tanks, leach drains, storm water, soak wells, etc. 

Find out more about decommissioning a septic tank.

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