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Demolition

Demolition means the complete or partial demolition of a building or structure by pre-planned and controlled methods or procedures. Various approvals are required by the City and other agencies prior to carrying out any demolition works.

Step 1. Development approval (occasionally required) 

Development (planning) approval is required for demolition works where the building is:

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For further information on how to apply for development approval, please refer to our Submitting a Development Application page or contact the City on 9405 5000 to speak with a Planning Officer.

Step 2. Demolition permit (always required)

A demolition permit is required for all demolition works.  

If the demolition work is likely to encroach or adversely affect adjoining land, you will be required to notify and gain consent of the adjoining land owner(s) prior to demolition permit being granted and the work commencing.

Please note: A demolition permit cannot be issued until a development approval has been granted (where required).

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Guide to Lodging a Demolition Permit Application

BA05 - Application for Demolition Permit

BA20 - Notice and request for consent to work affecting other land encroachment or adversely affecting

For further information on how to apply for a demolition permit, please contact the City's Building Services department on 9405 5000.

Step 3. Building permit (occasionally required)

A building permit may be required, together with a demolition permit, when part of a building is being demolished. 

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Guide to Lodging a Certified Building Permit Application

BA01 - Application for Building Permit - Certified

For further information on how to apply for a building permit, please contact the City's Building Services department on 9405 5000.

Step 4. Verge licence (occasionally required)

A verge licence is required if you are planning to store any building materials (including builders shed and port-a-loos) on the road verge.

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Verge Licence Application Form

For further information on how to apply for a verge licence, please contact the City's Building Services department on 9405 5000.

Other actions/approvals required prior to demolition

WorkSafe approval (sometimes required)

A WorkSafe approval is required for the following types of demolitions: 

  • Commercial buildings
  • Total or partial demolition of a structure/building that is 10m of more in height
  • Removal of more than 10m² of asbestos cement roofing from a building that is less than 10m in height

Further information can be obtained from WorkSafe WA on 1300 307 877 or via the WorkSafe website.  

Rodent Baiting (always required)

It is important that all buildings scheduled for demolition are baited for rodents. All rodent baiting is the be undertaken a minimum of two (2) weeks prior to application, by a licensed Pest Control Operator and a written report / receipt for the work must be provided to the City's Building Services as part of your application for a Demolition Permit. 

Septic tanks, soak wells / leach drains (required if applicable)

All septic tanks, soak wells and/or leach drains must be decommissioned prior to commencing and demolition works. After the system has been emptied, the applicant must submit a Certificate of Decommissioning to the City.

Asbestos removal (required if applicable)

Where a building is to be demolished and contains asbestos materials 'reasonable' measures must be taken to prevent asbestos fibres entering the atmosphere, as per the Health (Asbestos) Act 1992. 

Further information can be obtained from WorkSafe WA on 1300 307 877 or via the WorkSafe website.

Collection of rubbish bins (always required) 

All City of Wanneroo rubbish bins need to be collected by the City of Wanneroo prior to demolition. To arrange please call the City's Waste Services department on 9405 5000.