Demolition Permit

A demolition Permit is required from the Shire for demolition work on whole or part of a building or structure. There may also be health requirements to comply with for removing asbestos and decommissioning septic tanks. Service providers including Water Corporation, Western Power and any gas supplier must be notified prior to demolition work commences.

A Demolition Permit is not required for a Class 10 building or incidental structure with a floor area of less than 40m2 the will not adversely affect the safety and health of the occupants or other users of the building or the public and is not subject to the Heritage Act.


Apply for a demolition permit

To apply for a demolition permit, you need to submit the following:

  • A completed Demolition Application Form and Checklist (refer to Step 1, Part A for application documents)
  • A scaled site plan clearly indicating the building or section of the building to be demolished and the structures to be retained
  • Demolition Contractor Worksafe Registration (if required)
  • A rat baiting certificate from a licensed pest control company
  • Evidence of Development approval (if required)
  • An Infrastructure Bond may be required (and will be required for applications over the value of $20,000)


You may need to submit a Notice and Request for Consent of Work Affecting Other Land (Form BA20) if the proposed demolition work is likely to adversely affect adjoining land or buildings. In the event that you are unable to gain consent from the affected adjoining land owners, a Court Order to carry out the proposed demolition work must be obtained instead and lodged with your demolition permit application.


The process on submitting your Demolition Application to the Shire of Northam can be found here.


More Information

Refer to the following link for the official list of Licenced Demolition Contractors from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website.