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Demolition notifications

You must notify us at least five days before starting demolition work. However, you must notify us immediately of emergency demolition work involving asbestos.

This information will help you understand what demolition notifications you must make to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland under work health and safety laws, as well as when and how to notify us.

What demolition notifications must I make?

What's considered demolition work?

You must notify us of demolition:

  • of a structure or part of a structure that is load bearing or otherwise related to the physical integrity of the structure (only if six metres or higher in height)
  • involving load shifting machinery on a suspended floor
  • involving explosives.

When must I notify?

You must notify us at least five days before starting demolition work.

Who must notify?

A person or business who is carrying out demolition work must notify of the proposed work.

How do I notify?

You must notify us in writing using Form 65 – Notification of licensed asbestos removal work/demolition work/emergency demolition.

Other requirements

Other requirements may apply to the demolition or dismantling of a structure. For example, asbestos notifications may be required when demolishing a structure or plant containing asbestos.

What's considered an emergency?

An emergency occurs if:

  • a structure or plant is structurally unsound
  • collapse of the structure or plant is imminent.

What emergency demolition is covered?

This notification applies to the emergency demolition of any of the following:

  • a building constructed before 31 December 1989
  • a non-building structure constructed or installed before 31 December 2003 if there are reasonable grounds to believe asbestos is installed in the structure
  • plant constructed or installed before 31 December 2003 if there are reasonable grounds to believe asbestos is installed in the plant.

When must I notify?

If an emergency happens at your place of work or domestic premises where a structure or plant must be demolished and asbestos is fixed to or installed in the structure or plant, you must notify us immediately after you become aware of the emergency and before starting the demolition work.

Who must notify?

At a place of work – the person with control and management of the workplace.

At domestic premises – the person or business operator doing the demolition work.

How do I notify?

You can notify us by telephone on 1300 362 128 or by using Form 65 – Notification of licensed asbestos removal work, demolition work or emergency demolition.

The licensed asbestos removalist must also notify us using Form 65 – Notification of licensed asbestos removal work, demolition work or emergency demolition if the resultant debris arising from the demolition includes friable asbestos or more than 10 square metres of non-friable asbestos, or asbestos-containing materials.

Other requirements

You must develop a procedure before starting the demolition work that will, so far as is reasonably practicable, reduce the risk of exposure to asbestos for workers and other people near the demolition site to below the exposure standard.

How do I submit a demolition notification?

You can submit your completed Form 65 – Notification of licensed asbestos removal work, demolition work or emergency demolition notification online or by:

  • email – whsnotification@oir.qld.gov.au
  • fax – 07 3874 7730
  • mail – Office of Industrial Relations, PO Box 820, Lutwyche Qld 4030.