What Certificates are required for the demolition of my property?

Both CDC & DA demolition approval will need to be acquired prior to any work being commenced.

Approval can be granted through your local council or a private certifier.

Private certifiers are generally considered the preferred option within the demolition industry thanks to their faster turnaround times and proficiency. Our private certifier of choice generally charges around $950.

How can I tell if my property contains asbestos?

Asbestos was not banned in Australia until 2003, therefor if your property was built or renovated prior to this date; it is likely to contain an amount of asbestos.

Houses constructed earlier than 1976 are most likely to contain large amounts of asbestos with approximately 98% of homes built following 1954 relying heavily on asbestos fibre cement and roofing materials.
Home Demolitions adheres to the strictest asbestos remediation procedures - read more here.

Who can perform demolitions?

Demolition is a complex set of tasks involving structural dismantlement, site clearance, environmental remediation, salvage, recycling and recovery.

As such, many regulations are outlined by government bodies and require specific licensing to deal with different stages of the demolition process.

Home Demolitions is licensed to perform all contractual work over the course of a complete demolition and is comprehensively insured (see licence and permit numbers below)

How long does demolition take?

Once all relevant permits have been obtained and the property vacated, demolition only takes a couple of days – although can be affected by things such as extreme weather conditions and other uncontrollable or unforeseen variables.

Will my neighbours be disturbed?

Depending on the properties location, its proximity to other dwellings and the density of the neighbourhood those around you may hear some machinery during business hours of operation.

Home Demolitions ensure that letters advising of proposed work are issued 14 days prior to demolition and strongly urge any members of the surrounding area with concerns to Contact Home Demolitions for re-assurance.

What will be recycled from my property?

Depending on the construction and condition of your property, many things may be reused or recycled which subsequently subsidises the total cost of your demolition project.

Most commonly bricks and timber are treated and resold as used building materials with windows, doors and even entire kitchens sometimes being salvaged also.

Common Misconceptions

  • Demolition contractors destroy historic buildings that should be saved:
    Demolition contractors help preservationists save & restore historical buildings by removing harmful substances & making way for energy efficiency upgrades

  • Demolition is bad for the environment:
    Home Demolitions is leading the way in environmental conservation. We like many others in the industry we remove toxins and hazardous materials from by gone eras from old buildings.

  • Demolition overcrowds landfills with debris:
    Home Demolitions has been salvaging building materials long before the modern green movement was popular. Over 970,000 tonnes of metals, wood and cement is recycled in Australia each year thanks to the demolition industry.

  • Demolition is an unsophisticated business:
    Home Demolitions is a large group of professionals all of which are highly trained experts. A safe & successful demolition project requires specialised equipment, techniques, & work practices.

  • Demolition practices never change:
    Safe and efficient demolition techniques are constantly being revised and updated as technology improves and changes. Home Demolitions is at the forefront of demolition advancement in an effort to have the smallest impact on our environment as possible.

  • Demolition is expensive:
    Demolition in Australia generally costs less than 3% of the cost of the building's construction.