Demolition of buildings

Demolition of buildings

How to apply if you need to give us notice that you plan to demolish a building or part of a building

If you plan to demolish a building or part of a building, you must give us at least six weeks’ notice.

When you don’t need to give us notice

You don’t need to tell us if you’re planning to demolish:

  • an internal part of a building, where the building is occupied and it is intended that it should continue to be occupied
  • a building smaller than 50m3 (external volume)
  • a greenhouse, conservatory, shed or prefabricated garage, where they form part of a larger building
  • an agricultural building, unless it forms part of a building with other uses

Give notice to demolish a building or part of a building

You must not start work until we've issued a demolition notice, or six weeks has passed since you submitted your form.

You'll need a 1:1250 site location plan to upload to the form.

Give notice

The demolition notice will include requirements and conditions that set out how the demolition should be carried out.

You may also need to get planning permission or prior approval to demolish a building.  

Find out more about demolition on the Planning Portal website.

Privacy statement

Read our privacy statement and our Building Regulations and Standards privacy notice (pdf, 118KB) (opens new window) to see what we do with your personal information.

Publishing your personal details

As an applicant, your name and address (or that of your nominated demolition contractor acting on your behalf) will be included on any demolition Notice issued and will be retained always. When carrying out our statutory duty, this notice will be shared with statutory bodies, utility companies and owners/occupiers of adjacent buildings as appropriate.

Contact information

Building Regulations and Standards

City Hall

Bristol City Council, PO Box 3399

Bristol, BS1 9NE

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You'll need to make an appointment to visit us in person. Call us to book an appointment.

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Tel: 0117 922 3000