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The Demolition Process


The demolition of an existing home is a relatively straight forward process but does require some planning before the knockdown process can begin.

Demolishers often provide a full service that includes waste disposal, asbestos removal, general clean up and completely clearing the site of rubble and vegetation.

Demolition work should only ever be carried out by an approved, licensed demolisher. Good builders normally have a preferred supplier they can recommend to you.

Use this as a checklist to what you can expect during the demolition process:

  • Demolition Permit

A demolition permit must be obtained from your local council prior to any works commencing and will be obtained by the demolisher on your behalf.

  • Council Requirements

To obtain the demolition permit, you will be asked to provide:

  1. Copy of the Title
  2. Plan of Subdivision (Title Plan)
  3. Site Plan of existing building
  • Disconnect all Services

It is your responsibility to have all services such as electricity, drainage, gas and water supply, not only disconnected but abolished. This means for example, the removal of the electricity and gas meter.

  • Tree Removal and Permits

These types of permits may be required from local council depending on the size and type of tree(s) and if there are any protection overlays in existence.

  • Asset Protection Permits

It is your responsibility to contact local council in relation to asset protection permits and if required, the demolisher will require a copy before works can commence.

  • Asbestos Removal

If your home requires asbestos removal, the demolisher will need to obtain a certificate to ensure its safe removal in accordance with requirement set down by the EPA and WorkSafe Victoria.

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