The Building Control function of local authorities provides a major contribution to the quality of health and safety of the public. The duties and powers conferred on local authorities under the legislation for dealing with demolitions must be undertaken in such a manner as to ensure that reasonable standards of safety are achieved.

If you intend to demolish a building, or part of a building, you may have to notify Allerdale Borough council (giving at least 6 weeks notice), adjoining owners and service providers (electric, gas and water).

Notification of a demolition is NOT required where:

  • The building is less than 1750 cubic feet, measured externally (approximately 50 cubic metres) approximately the size of a double garage.
  • The demolition is of an internal part of any occupied building, which is intended to remain occupied.
  • The building is a greenhouse, conservatory, shed or prefabricated garage, even if the building forms part of a larger building.
  • Certain agricultural buildings, unless it is near or touching another building that is not an agricultural building.
  • A demolition order under the Housing Act 1985 has been served


  • Sewerage undertaker
  • Gas Provider
  • Electricity provider
  • Planning Authority (Allerdale Borough Council)
  • Health and Safety Executive        
  • Cumbria Fire Service
  • Cumbria Constabulary

You can notify the council by filling out a “Notice of Intended Demolition” form obtained from Allerdale Borough Council (telephone, internet, email or letter) accompanied with a 1:1250 site plan, a copy of the risk assessment and method statement. You will also need to complete and return a “Demolition Completion Notice” upon completion so that the site can be inspected.

When the local authority issues demolition consent following your notification there will be conditions attached by means of a “Section 81 Notice” these conditions should be read carefully before commencing demolition.

The local planning authority must be consulted before any works are carried out as planning consent may be required. The legislation surrounding Demolitions are outlined within the guidance; however if you require any further information don’t hesitate to contact Building Control on 01900 702520.


Demolition may legally commence after the authority has issued a Demolition Notice under Section 81, or if the authority has failed to issue a Demolition Notice within six weeks of the date of service of the notice of intent, this service is free of charge. If you require a quicker response the Council on your request can issue a section 81 notice within 5 working days for a one of payment of £144.

Service level agreement

The local authority should ensure that, by exercising its powers, the public are protected and public amenity is preserved by delivery of the following;

  • Issuing Section 81 Notice and Demolition Guidance note
  • Register the application
  • Carry out a completion inspection
  • Issue completion certificate upon satisfactory completion

Nuisances caused by demolitions

Any noise, smells, smoke and or dust nuisances caused by demolition should be reported to Allerdale Borough Council's Environmental Protection.

Week days between 9:00-1700: - 0303 123 1702

Out of hours: - 0303 123 1702


Local Government Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1984, Section 16, Building Act 1984, Section 80, 81, 82 and 83, section 92, 93, 94 and 95 for the form, authentication and service of Notices, Section 107 for recovery of expenses.

Environmental demolition

Construction and demolition waste consists of all waste originating from construction, renovation and demolition activities, such as rubble, bricks and tiles.

The building, construction and demolition industry is one of the largest producers of waste in England. Construction and demolition waste can be further broken down into the following:

  • Concrete, bricks and tiles
  • Asphalt, tar and tar by-products
  • Metals
  • Soil and rubble.

There are sites that accept construction waste, please contact us for further details

Building Research Establishment (BRE)

BRE's Centre for Resource Efficiency helps construction industry professionals make informed decisions on waste management policies and practices, by raising awareness of what wastes are likely to occur, the waste management options available, and the legal requirements for those options.

If you want to benchmark, audit, manage and reduce waste on site you can contact them via the SMARTWaste website. All construction projects over £300,000 will be subject to this new legislation. For more detailed information on this, as well as other useful information, please visit the Secbe website.

The Netregs website carries detailed information on the recent SWMP legislation.

  • Ensure that correct quantities of materials are ordered.
  • Make sure that the material is stored correctly until use.
  • Use on site materials if possible.
  • Salvage material from demolition sites, which may be reused at a later stage.
  • Have a management plan to help reduce surplus material.

Ensure that contracts for construction and demolition work require waste to be segregated and stockpiled for recycling


One example of reuse is soil and rubble. This can be used as subsoil for landscaping. Rubble can be processed and used for a number of purposes including aggregate for roads. Leftover masonry material can be crushed on site and reused in driveways.

With regard to demolition waste, wood products such as doors, can be salvaged and collected, then reused or sold for future use. During renovation projects, many items can be salvaged and used later on. Typical items that can be reused are plumbing fixtures, doors, cabinets, windows, lighting fixtures, decorative items including fireplaces and stonework, ceiling and floor tiles.


Almost all construction and demolition waste is capable of being recycled. The waste is segregated and separated. The recycled material can be used in landscaping, for road construction etc.

Waste metal can be recycled also. Aluminium, copper and brass can be collected and sold to scrap metal yards – a cost effective solution.

Downloadable Documents

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Adobe PDF format - download the viewerDemolition Guidance Notes in PDF format38 Kb5 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerExample of a demolition method statement in PDF format76 Kb11 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerNotice of Demolition Form in PDF format527 Kb1 min 15 secs @ 56k, 2 secs @ 2mb

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