Demolishing a building or structure?

You may need a Development Application for building renovations or the demolition of structures.

Where a Development Application is needed and structures contain asbestos Council may put some general conditions in place. These are based on Australian Standards, Occupational Health and Safety Regulations and guidelines produced by SafeWork NSW.

Application for demolition

An application for demolition needs to include information such as a Demolition Work Plan and information about the services on the site.

You must complete the Information to accompany development application to demolish a structure(PDF, 93KB) form, which includes a description of the information required for the Demolition Work Plan.

Organochlorine pesticides  

To provide a chemical barrier to termites, organochlorine pesticides were used extensively within the Tweed beneath structures such as dwellings (predominantly beneath concrete slabs) from pre 1960s until the use of such pesticides was banned around July 1995.

Organochlorine pesticides are known to persist in the environment and may remain in the soil material beneath these structures. Exposure to high levels of organochlorine pesticides may lead to serious health concerns in humans and may pose an issue when considering applications for the demolition of structures.

Where removal of these structures are proposed, Council must consider the requirements of State Environmental Planning Policy (Resilience and Hazards) 2021 – and Council's Pre-Demolition Testing Guideline(PDF, 89KB).

Applicants must submit a sub slab pre-demolition testing report prepared in accordance with Council’s Pre-Demolition Testing Guideline. The testing and report shall be undertaken and prepared by a suitably qualified environmental consultant with experience in the assessment of contaminated land.

Where removal of a slab on ground footing system has occurred and testing was not conducted at the time, you must engage a suitably qualified environmental consultant with experience in the assessment of contaminated land to undertake a preliminary site investigation including site sampling in accordance with relevant NSW EPA contaminated land guidelines to the satisfaction of Council’s Environmental Health Officer verifying that the land is not contaminated and is suitable for its proposed use.