Building demolitions

Planning and building control


After we receive your demolition notice, we’ll set out some requirements for you to make sure your demolition takes place in a way. 

These may include:

  • shoring up adjacent buildings
  • weather-protecting adjacent buildings exposed by the demolition
  • repairing or making good the damage to adjacent buildings by the demolition
  • removing rubbish and clearing the site
  • disconnect, seal or remove any drainage under the building
  • making arrangements with authorities to disconnect water, gas and electricity supplies from the building
  • informing the fire authority if buildings or materials are to be burnt on site
  • ensuring the site is adequately fenced or secured to prevent dangers to people on or near the site

Not all demolition work need permission.

So you don’t need to tell us if your demolition is:

  • the internal part of a building, if the building is occupied and will remain occupied
  • the external volume of the building to be demolished is less than 50 cubic metres
  • razing a greenhouse, shed, conservatory or prefabricated garage
  •  an agricultural building, unless it is attached to a building that is not an agricultural building
  • owners (and occupants) of adjoining properties
  • gas services
  • electricity services
  • Thames Water utilities
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • the council

You may need to get permission if:

  • your building is a listed building or in a conservation area
  • it’s a dwelling or a building next to a dwelling
  • trees on the site are protected 
  • conditions on a planning permission restrict the rubbish burning 
  • your works affect a party wall, you must talk to all parties with an interest in the wall

We control dust and noise on demolition and construction sites.

Contact us if you need to make special arrangements.

Contact Click to get info

Building control

Environment and regeneration
Waltham Forest Council
The Magistrates, 1 Farnan Avenue, Walthamstow, London E17 4NX

Phone 020 8496 3000