Demolition of Structures
Development approval (planning and building) is required for demolition (complete or partial) or removal of a building/structure. This includes the demolition of commercial buildings (ie. shops, offices etc), houses, sheds, verandahs and garages.
Precautions should be taken by the person(s) carrying out demolition to ensure the safety of people using adjoining premises or public places. Where necessary demolition contractors or persons responsible for carrying out the work shall take precautions such as temporary fencing, bunting or scaffolding to prevent access onto the site. If, to ensure the safety of the public, it is considered necessary to block a public area such as the footpath, please contact Council's Infrastructure and Assets Department on 1300 785 277.
For further information please refer to Councils Information Guide on Demolition
Please complete a Demolition Proposal Form and a Development Application form (attached to Demolition Proposal Form) with the details required and submit to Council for assessment when considering undertaking any demolition of structures. Demolition Proposal Form(530 kb)
Asbestos and the Home Renovator
Safework SA have developed a booklet "Asbestos and the Home Renovator" which provides safety information and safe work procedures for the homeowner. Safety control measures outlined within the publication ensure awareness of the risks associated with expose to asbestos fibres and by following guidelines how this can be minimised.
For a copy of the publication please click on the following link; Asbestos and the Home Renovator(212 kb)
Building safely near powerlines
To protect people and property, minimum safe clearances from powerlines have been established in the Electricity(General) Regulations 1997. The regulations under this Act prescribe minimum safe clearance distances that must be complied with.
Applicants are required to sign a declaration when submitting a development application to state that the proposed development will not be contrary to the regulations. Please see the Development Application page for a copy of this form.
The attached brochure "Building safely near powerlines" by the Office of the Technical Regulator provides information on those clearances and tips on how to stay safe when building near powerlines. Please note that if the minimum safe clearance is not met by your building/structure, then you will be required to:
- Relocate to ensure clearance is met, or
- Contact the Office of the Techinical Regulator to determine if an exemption can be received, and if so then to receive confirmation in writing.
Before starting work on your building you need to know and consider:
- the type of powerlines near the proposed building or structure – eg aerial, underground, high or low voltage.
- the amount of swing or sag of overhead powerlines.
- the location of the building or structure in relation to the powerline – allow enough space for a safe work environment, future structures or scaffolds and trees.