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Demolition scaffolding and dangerous structures

You must tell us about demolition of buildings and you need permission if you wish to erect scaffolding on a public highway. We can also take action on dangerous structures


If you want to demolish a building over 50 m3 (1750 ft.3), you must apply to us at least six weeks before you plan to go ahead. When you let us know about your demolition project we’ll be able to advise you what other information we need before we can approve the demolition.

If you demolish your building without letting us know, or before we have replied to your application, we may take enforcement action against you.

You can apply online below.

Alternatively, you can download our application form for demolitions in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area and return it to:

01202 123 741

You should also tell:

Scaffolding and hoarding notice

You must apply for permission to erect scaffolding on the public highway/footway, or to erect a hoarding to protect the public when construction activities are to take place.

Dangerous structures

The owner of the structure is ultimately responsible for dealing with the danger. However we may take action if necessary to reduce or remove the danger.

Buildings might become dangerous and defective due to old age and deterioration or settlement. This may include

  • walls leaning over or being unstable
  • roof tiles being blown off in high winds
  • chimneys damaged by storms
  • explosion
  • fire
  • impact
  • storm damage

Our surveyors are on call-out during working hours and work with other emergency services to provide advice and guidance. We may take steps on issues affecting public safety which could include:

  • fencing off areas
  • shoring up
  • putting scaffolding up
  • demolition.

The control of dangerous buildings and structures is a very important part our service. Unstable brickwork, roofs and boundary walls and fire damaged or other dangerous buildings can pose a high risk to public safety and are therefore given a high priority.

If a building or structure poses a potential danger to public safety or the building occupants, we may take appropriate action to reduce or remove the danger. When necessary we have legal powers to require owners of buildings or structures to remedy the defects. If they cannot deal with the matter within a reasonable time we may direct contractors to carry out works to make the building or structure safe.

You can contact us by email.

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