All you need to know about the Section 80 Demolition Notice

3rd September 2019

The Section 80 Demolition Notice is a crucial step in the demolition process, and a demolition project can’t start without it. But, while you may have heard of it, you’ll need to know more if you’re looking to submit one at the beginning of your project.

That’s why we’ve broken down every part of the Notice to ensure you know exactly what you need to do, so that your demolition project is as seamless as possible.

What is a Section 80 Demolition Notice?

The Section 80 Demolition Notice, which is featured in the 1984 Building Act, is also known as the Notice of Intended Demolition. This means that when there is an intention to demolish the whole or part of a building, the persons responsible will need to inform their Local Authority that they are planning to do so, before the demolition work is carried out.

There are three exemptions to this:

  • A Notice does not need to be submitted if the demolition is occurring as a result of a Demolition Order, made under Part IX of the 1985 Housing Act.
  • A Notice does not need to be submitted if the demolition is for a shed, greenhouse, conservatory, prefabricated garage, or any building which has a cubic content of less than 1,750 cubic feet.
  • A Notice does not need to be submitted if the demolition is for an agricultural building, as stated in Schedule 5 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, unless it is attached to another non-agricultural building.

How do I submit a Demolition Notice?

To submit a Section 80 Demolition Notice, you will need to apply in writing to the Local Authority, specifying the building that you are intending to demolish and what specific works are being carried out.

This Notice will also need to be sent to anyone who occupies a building adjacent to the one that is being demolished, the National Grid, and the area’s Electricity Board that supplies the building with power.

At the same time, you may need to get planning permission or prior approval for the building.

What is the notice period for a Section 80 Demolition Notice?

Once you have sent your Notice of Intended Demolition to your Local Authority, you will need to wait for a period of time before you can start work on the demolition. The time period will depend on how the Notice is received.

If the Local Authority has served a Counter Notice under Section 81 of the Building Act 1984, this means that any demolition work will need to be halted until certain works have been completed.

The works required by the Counter Notice may need you to:

  • Shore up any building adjacent to the property marked for demolition.
  • Weatherproof any surfaces of an adjacent building that will be exposed by the demolition.
  • Repair any damage that an adjacent building has sustained due to the demolition work.
  • Remove any material or rubbish created by the demolition.
  • Disconnect and seal any sewer or drain under the demolished building.
  • If any sewers or drains are removed, the remaining connections should be sealed.
  • Make good the surfaces of the ground disturbed by sewer or drain removal and sealing.
  • Ensure that the necessary companies have been contacted to disconnect gas, electricity and water.
  • Make appropriate arrangements for the burning of any structures or materials.
  • Take appropriate steps to protect the public and preserve the public amenity during the demolition and afterwards.

If the Local Authority does not issue a Section 81 Notice, demolition can proceed, once six weeks have passed since the initial Section 80 Notice was submitted.

An example Section 80 Demolition Notice

SECTION 80 BUILDING ACT 1984

NOTICE OF INTENDED DEMOLITION

I (1) ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

of (2) …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

hereby give [Local Authority] notice that I intend to demolish a building known as

(3)………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

The works of demolition intended to be carried out are as follows: –

(4)

[Local Authority Name and Address]

This is what you will need to fill in for each section:

  • Insert your name, either company name or personal name
  • Insert address of company or personal address
  • Give the address of the building to be demolished
  • Give all necessary details, including a site plan which indicates the building that will be demolished, a brief description of the type, size and construction of the building, and the demolition works that will be undertaken.

Find out more

Do you have a building you need demolished but don’t have time to go through all the admin yourself? At Hughes and Salvidge, we provide a wide range of demolition services and can take your project all the way from proposals, budgets and planning, to the final project completion. Get in touch  to find out more.

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