Melton Borough Council

Advice on demolition of walls, buildings and structures

Planning legislation imposes controls over demolition in certain circumstances, for example in Conservation Areas and in respect of listed buildings.

These controls are not just limited to buildings, but can be imposed in respect of walls and other structures. This legislation has a series of exemptions which allow limited demolition to proceed without obtaining consent.

We can advise on the circumstances under which the demolition of buildings or other structures requires Planning Permission or Conservation Area Consent. 

If you decide to demolish a building, even one which has suffered fire or storm damage, it does not automatically follow that you will get planning permission to build any replacement structure or to change the use of the site.

Where demolition of any kind of building is proposed, we may need to agree the details of how you intend to carry out the demolition and how you propose to restore the site afterwards.

You will need to apply for a formal decision on whether we wish to approve these details before you start demolition. This is what is called a "prior approval application". A charge of £96 is applicable to this type of application.

Further information on the demolition of buildings can also be found on the planning portal website.

In addition, the Building Regulations impose duties where demolition is proposed. More information about demolition under the Building Regulations can be found in the Building Control section.