Demolition Permit

Demolition work means to demolish or dismantle a building/structure or part of a building/structure that is load-bearing or otherwise related to the physical integrity of the structure, but does not include:

  • the dismantling of formwork, falsework, scaffolding or other structures designed or used to provide support, access or containment during construction work; or
  • the removal of power, light or telecommunication poles.

Do I need a demolition permit?

A Demolition Permit is required prior to commencing demolition of part or all of a building. However, freestanding Class 10 buildings (sheds, patios) with a floor area of 40m2 or less may be exempt from requiring a Demolition Permit.

A WorkSafe Demolition licence (licenced contractor) is not required for the removal of single storey dwellings.

Dwellings constructed before 1990, or in areas developed before 1990, may contain asbestos. Removal of asbestos must be performed in a safe manner - asbestos fibres pose a serious health hazard.

A WorkSafe Asbestos Removal licence is required when 10m2 or more of asbestos containing material (asbestos cement sheeting) is removed. The City of Vincent’s Landfill and Recycling Facility will accept disposal of asbestos, refer to the Recycling and Waste section of our website below for detailed instructions regarding asbestos removal. Where asbestos is removed during demolition of a structure, an Asbestos Removal Declaration must accompany the Demolition Permit Application.

All buildings scheduled for demolition are to be baited for rodents, this needs to be completed a minimum of seven days prior to demolition.

Septic tanks or other underground sewage treatment apparatus must be decommissioned and filled with clean sand or removed entirely. The City’s Health Services must be notified of the existence of any sewage treatment apparatus on the demolition site at least seven days prior to the emptying and filling of such tanks.

A separate planning application may be required if the property is within a Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) zone or is a heritage listed building. Contact the City’s Planning Services on 9273 6000 for further information.

How long does it take to get a Demolition Permit?

The Building Act 2011 sets time frames in which the City has to assess and determine an application for a Demolition Permit.

It is important that you are aware of allowed time frames prior to lodging your application and that your application documentation is complete.

Should further information be required by the City in order to assess the demolition application, the applicant may be given up to 21 calendar days in which to provide the outstanding information. If the information is not received within the 21 days, the application may be refused unless a mutual consent has been granted for a further 21 days.

The City has up to 10 business days from the date of lodgement to assess the application and issue a Demolition Permit.

How long until my permit expires?

A Demolition Permit is generally valid for two years from the date on which it was granted.

If more time is required to complete the demolition works, you can apply for an extension of time of up to a further six months by making a formal application and paying the prescribed fee.

What happens when I have completed my demolition works?

The nominated demolition contractor on the Demolition Permit must submit a Notice of Completion BA7 form to the City within seven days of completing the prescribed demolition works.                                                                                                                                                                 

Submitting A Demolition Permit Application

To submit an application for demolition, you will need to include the following information in your application:

  • A completed BA5 Demolition Permit Application form
    • Owner's details and signature(s);
    • Full demolition cost;
    • Demolition contractor's details and signature;
    • Applicant's details (if different from demolition contractor).
    • Payment of fees
      • Refer to the Fees and Charges Schedule for full fee details.
    • Building Construction Industry Training Fund (BCITF) levy payment
      • Copy of the payment receipt - if BCITF levy has been paid directly to the Construction Training Fund via their online portal; or
      • Payable with Demolition Permit application fee. 
    • Site plan, minimum scale 1:200 showing: 
      • Location of structure(s) to be demolished;
      • Location of structure(s) to remain on the property (if partial demolition);
      • Location of any septic tanks and leach drains (if applicable).
    • Proof of disconnection of utilities (electricity, gas, water, etc.)
      • Written confirmation from the contractor disconnecting the service (i.e. electrician, plumber, service provider) - the contractor should be able to provide the relevant completion certificate. 

    NOTE: your demolition permit may be delayed if these documents are not provided with your application.

    • Proof of rodent baiting
      • A Rodent Baiting Certificate from a licensed pest control operator that states the date, type, areas treated and amounts of rodenticide used.

    Dust Suppression On Demolition Sites

    Dust from demolition sites can result in complaints from neighbouring residents.

    In instances where dust nuisance emanating from a demolition site is substantiated, the City's authorised officers can issue either written or verbal directions to a responsible person or the demolition company on the appropriate means of dust suppression.

    Authorities To Notify For Demolition Works

    • Water Corporation - Phone: 13 13 95
    • Western Power - Phone: 13 10 87
    • Alinta Energy - Phone: 13 13 68
    • Telstra - Phone: 1800 283 407
    • WorkSafe - Phone: 1300 307 877
    • Heritage Council of WA (State Heritage Office) - Phone: (08) 6552 4000


    Polyphagous Shot-Hole Borer (PSHB)

    Image courtesy of: Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

    Polyphagous shot-hole borer (PSHB) is a beetle native to Southeast Asia. The beetles attack a wide range of plants by tunnelling into trunks, stems and branches. Establishment of this pest in WA may have significant impact on amenity trees, native vegetation, and the fruit and nut tree industries.

    The WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is currently responding to detections of PSHB. The first detection was made in East Fremantle in August 2021 when a member of the public reported symptoms of dieback and dead branches in their maple tree.

    A Quarantine Area is currently in place across 17 local government areas to prevent further spread of the pest and allow for urgent surveillance activities and the areas include:

    • Cambridge
    • Canning
    • Claremont
    • Cockburn
    • Cottesloe
    • East Fremantle
    • Fremantle
    • Melville
    • Mosman Park
    • Nedlands
    • Peppermint Grove
    • Perth
    • South Perth
    • Stirling
    • Subiaco
    • Victoria Park
    • Vincent

    It is important for people living or working in the Quarantine Area to be aware of the restrictions on the movement of wood and plant material from their properties as they could act as hosts and potentially spread the borer.

    Quarantine Area (QA) Requirements

    • Movement of wood and plant material within the QA is permitted.
    • Wood must be chipped to pieces that are less than 2.5cm in diameter before leaving the QA.
    • Living plants with woody stems greater than 2cm in diameter must not leave the QA.
    • Machinery used to handle green waste must be cleaned of wood material prior to leaving the QA.
    • A permit from DPIRD is required if these conditions are unable to be met.

    The polyphagous shot-hole borer does not affect grass, so lawn clippings can be disposed of as normal. 

    What Plants Are Affected?

    PSHB causes serious damage to many types of types. Reproductive hosts are susceptible trees in which the beetle establishes galleries and reproduce. The host list is extensive with over 100 reproductive hosts, including:

    • Maple
    • Oak
    • Plane
    • Coral tree
    • Avocado
    • Willows
    • Acacia
    • Castor oil

    PSHB particularly loves to hide in the box elder maple. DPIRD is asking people who have a box elder maple on their property or street to report the location of these trees so that DPIRD can check if they are infested with PSHB.

    What To Look For


    Image courtesy of: Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

    The adult beetles and their larvae can be hard to spot as they spend most of their lives inside a tree. PSHB are very small - about the size of sesame seed. However, there are several signs that indicate the borer could be present including:

    • Multiple entrance holes on the trunk or branches that are up to 2mm or the size of the tip on a ballpoint pen. 
    • Frass (powdery substance) extruding from the tree and crystalline foam which look like sugar volcanoes exuding from the entry holes.
    • Thick resin or sap on the tree's branches or trunk - this can sometimes push the beetle out of the gallery.
    • Dark brown to black staining of the wood around entrance holes.
    • Wilting and dying branches and eventually tree death. Symptoms usually start in the upper canopy.

    Spring and autumn are when the beetle is most visible.

    Report Sightings

    Residents and people working in the affected areas are encouraged to check their trees for signs of borer damage and wilting.

    If you see any signs of the polyphagous shot-hole borer in trees or plant material, keep the material on your property and report it immediately to DPIRD:

    More Information

    Visit the DPIRD website to get more information about the polyphagous shot-hole borer. 

    This information is intended as a guide only. The City disclaims any liability for damages sustained by a person acting on the basis of this information.

    For more information please contact the City's building services team on 9273 6000 or email