Demolishing a building or structure
Do I need planning permission?
You will need to apply for full planning permission to demolish a building or structure (such as a gate, wall or other means of enclosure) if:
- the building is in a conservation area and it has a volume of more than 115m³;
- the structure (such as a gate, fence, wall or railing) is in a conservation area and is more than 1m high and located next to a highway or public open space; or more than 2m high if located elsewhere; or
- the area is covered by an Article 4 Direction removing rights to demolish a wall or railing facing the street.
Please note that certain exemptions are set out in paragraph 31 of Circular 01/01: Arrangements for handling heritage applications - notification and directions by the Secretary of State (pdf) (Communities and Local Government).
Listed buildings and structures
Where can I find more information?
The demolition section of the national planning portal has lots of guidance and useful information.
Can I get confirmation that I do not require planning permission?
In situations where you may need to obtain peace of mind that a proposed demolition is lawful, you can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC)
Am I likely to get planning permission?
If you want to find out whether your proposal is likely to be acceptable, you can apply for pre-planning application advice
How do I apply?
You can apply via the national planning portal To find out what information is required with your application, please see making a planning application
Still not sure whether you need planning permission?
If you need further advice about whether you need planning permission you can contact planning advice and information