Do I need a permit to demolish a building?
Under Section 29A of the Building Act 1993, you need our report and consent to demolish a building if:
- all demolitions finished or permitted within three years of the application add up to more than half of the entire building, or
- the demolition is of any part of the facade of a building.
Please note: a Section 29A consent form is not the same as a building permit.
How do we decide?
When we receive a Section 29A request, it is referred to our Urban Planning Team to decide if you need a planning permit as well as a demolition permit for the demolition. If you need a planning permit, our Urban Planning Team will verify that it has been issued.
We will approve a Section 29A consent request if:
- we've issued a planning permit for the demolition, or
- if you don't need a planning permit to demolish.
We will refuse a Section 29A consent request if:
- you need a planning permit for demolition and no such permit has been issued, or
- the proposed demolition is different from the extent of demolition approved in the planning permit.
We're unable to issue Section 29A consent if:
- we're not the responsible authority for the land
- the Minister for Planning has issued a planning permit
- the permit was issued under the Heritage Act 1995.
How to apply
You can apply for a Section 29A Certificate online.
If you're a building surveyor who needs consent for demolition, please download and complete our Demolition consent request form (PDF, 111KB). Fees apply.