How Much Does House Demolition Cost in Melbourne 2023?


The cost to demolish a house in Melbourne is estimated at $15,000 to $50,000, depending on several factors. 

The final cost will be determined by the house size, location, construction type, materials used for construction, signs of asbestos or other hazardous materials and any local laws determined by the council district. 

Demolition is knocking down a house to make way for your dream home or investment. But it involves much more than just bringing in bulldozers and excavators to smash your house to pieces. 

The Top 8 Things to Consider that Will Impact the Cost of Your Demolition

1. Permits

Before commencing any demolition work, securing all necessary permits is imperative. As part of the comprehensive demolition process, Roach Demolition will obtain these permits on your behalf.

  • Demolition Permit: This official authorisation grants permission to demolish a structure. It typically involves submitting detailed documentation to the relevant authorities responsible for these permits.
  • Building Permit: This ensures the demolition work complies with the applicable building codes, regulations, and safety standards. It involves submitting detailed plans and documentation outlining the scope of the demolition.

It is important to note that acquiring a permit for a standard demolition typically requires a minimum of 20 working days. Considering current variables allowing 4 to 6 weeks is advisable.

2. Other Potential Documents

In some instances, the following may be required:

  • Hoarding Permit: This permit aims to regulate the installation and maintenance of hoarding structures and ensure compliance with local laws.
  • Planning Permit: Special overlays are additional planning controls implemented to protect and preserve areas of historical, cultural, or environmental significance.
  • Report and Consent: This ensures adequate precautions to protect the public throughout the demolition activities. It may involve implementing temporary barriers, signage, traffic management measures and other safety protocols to pre-empt accidents or injuries. 

3. Abolishment of Utility Services

Before proceeding with the demolition, the owner takes responsibility for arranging the abolishment of services. This ensures all power and gas services connected to the property are abolished correctly by the required authorities.

To initiate the process, a call to the service provider for gas and power requesting the complete abolishment of the service will start the process. The purpose is to help prevent potential hazards during demolition pertaining to gas and electricity and to not incur any potential fines for property owners.

4. Tree Removal Permits

Tree removal is needed when trees are within the property or close to the demolition site. This helps address the potential impact of the trees throughout the demolition process and ensures compliance with local laws.

Local councils in Melbourne have local laws to protect and preserve trees, particularly those within significant landscape overlays. This encompasses natural habitats, scenic views, or unique environmental characteristics.

The specific requirements for tree removal permits vary based on the local laws in each council district. In some cases, permits may only be necessary for trees of a specific size or type.

5. Temporary Fencing

This physical barrier restricts entry to the demolition area, keeping pedestrians and unauthorised individuals safe. It is a requirement set by the local council or relevant authorities.

The aim is to maintain safety standards, prevent unauthorised access to the demolition site and mitigate potential risks to the public and neighbouring properties.

6. Hazardous Materials

Asbestos is a hazardous material commonly found in older buildings, and its removal requires specialised procedures to ensure the safety of workers and the environment. We aim to facilitate a comprehensive and compliant demolition process by including asbestos removal as part of our services.

We will take the necessary steps to comply with regulatory requirements. This includes notifying WorkSafe, the governing authority responsible for occupational health and safety in Victoria, about the planned asbestos removal activities.

Removing contaminations such as asbestos, lead, chromium 6, and mould can impact the cost.

7. Waste Disposal

All waste on the site must be disposed of correctly. Roach Demolition know the procedures required and will allow for them in quoting.

8. Other Factors

  • Size and Location of the Property: The larger the property, the higher the cost. Factors such as access to the site and the slope of the block are also crucial to pricing.
  • Extra Structures to Remove: If the property has other structures like pools and gazebos, removing them also adds to the cost. 
  • Land Clearing and Site Preparation: Additional land-clearing and site preparation costs should also be considered if your property is overgrown with vegetation. This process involves removing everything that could interfere with demolition.

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