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Prior notification (demolition)

Last Modified December 11, 2014

Until 31 March 2011 it was only necessary to seek prior approval for the demolition of a building that either comprised a dwelling, or was attached to a dwelling, to leave a cleared site. That approval was in addition to any other consent, eg conservation area consent or listed building consent.

Following a recent decision of the Court of Appeal, paragraphs 2(1)(a) to (d) of the Town and Country Planning (Demolition – Description of Buildings) Direction 1995, contained in DoE Circular 10/95, have been quashed. This has had effect that the demolition of any building prior to the grant of planning permission for redevelopment (and, if necessary, conservation area consent or listed building consent) must now be the subject of an application to the Planning Service in accordance with the provisions of Part 31 of Schedule 2 to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 to check whether prior approval of the method of demolition would be required.

Demolition works also come within the scope of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive. Where demolition works are likely to have significant effects on the environment the Planning Service must issue a screening opinion on whether an environmental impact assessment is required.

It is often helpful to discuss your proposal with us before you send in your application. You can discuss your proposal for demolition through our pre-application service

To submit an application for prior notification (demolition), apply online at the Planning Portal or complete the form below:

Please make sure you submit one original plus one copy of the application form, together with one original plus one copy of the plans and supporting information. The fee information and help notes are provided to help you.

When you submit your form you will also need to include:

  • National requirements (Part 1)
  • Local requirements (Part 2) - we are working on a Local List, please submit your application in accordance with national requirements

To process an application we require the information detailed in Part 1 above to be submitted with the application. The period for deciding the application cannot start until all the information has been received.

You are also required in accordance with Part 31 of the General Permitted Development Order 1995 to display a site notice as part of the application. A copy of the site notice can be downloaded below:


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