What procedures need to be carried out before it is legally permissible to demolish a building?

Firstly, the local authority must be notified of the intention to do so, and it must be acknowledged or the notification period must expire. The notice that is sent to the local authority must do the following:

	indicate precisely which building is to be demolished;

	explicitly state why one wishes to demolish it;

	give detailed indication of how the demolition will be carried out.

Copies of the notification must also be sent to the following:

	the occupier of any building adjacent to the building;

	British Gas;

	the area electricity board in whose area the building is situated.