Demolition work includes demolishing or dismantling a structure or part of a structure that is either load bearing or related to the physical integrity of the structure.
It's high risk construction work, but it doesn't include:
- dismantling formwork, falsework, or other structures used to provide support, access or containment during construction
- removing power poles, light poles or phone poles.
There are specific laws about doing demolition work safely. Here we summarise those laws and give you some practical tips.
You must notify us five days before undertaking any demolition work that involves:
- the demolition of a structure more than six metres high
- load-shifting machinery (eg an excavator) on a suspended floor
Get a licence
A licence is required to conduct certain types of demolition work. Check which demolition licence you need as well as eligibility and application requirements.
Prepare a safe work method statement
Use this template to create your own safe work method statement.
Check for asbestos
Check the asbestos register before beginning demolition. If a register is not available, have a competent person inspect the structure for asbestos. Remove all asbestos before beginning demolition work.
For general information about planning demolition work, controlling risks, using different demolition methods and demolishing special structures, see the code of practice for demolition work.