Prior notification (demolition)

Until 31 March 2011 it was only necessary to seek prior approval of a building that either comprised a dwelling, or was attached to a dwelling or to leave a site cleared. That approval was in addition to any other consent e.g. listed building consent.

Following a recent decision in the Court of Appeal, paragraphs 2(1)(a) to (d) of the Town and Country Planning (Demolition - Description of Buildings) Direction 1995, contained Departmemt of Environment Circular 10/95 have been quashed. This had effect that the demolition of any building prior to the grant of planning permission for redevelopment (and if necessary, listed building consent) must be subject of an application to the Local Planning Authority in accordance with the provisions as now set out in Part 11 of Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 to check whether prior approval of the method of demolition would be required.

Demolition works also come within the scope of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive. Where demolition works are likely to have a significant impact on the environment we have to issue a screening opinion on whether an environmental impact assessment is required.

It is often helpful to discuss your proposal with us before you send in your application. You can discuss your proposal for demolition through our pre-application service.

To submit an application for prior notification (demolition), you can apply online at the National Planning Portal or to complete the application form below:

Please make sure you submit one original copy of the application form, together with one original copy of the plans and supporting information. You can also pay for your application by cheque, credit or debit card. For more information on this service, please visit our planning application fees and how to pay page.

You are also required in accordance with Part 11 of the General Permitted Development Order 2015 to display a site notice as part of the application. A copy of the site notice can be downloaded below:

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download these documents. If you don’t have it you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free