There are 2 types of demolition licence. You can apply for them both online.
Demolition licence (DE1) – demolishing/partially demolishing any building, structure or installation that:
- is over 15 metres in height
- is a chemical installation
- involves a tower crane on site
- involves a mobile crane with a rated capacity of more than 100 tonnes
- has structural components that are pre-tensioned or post-tensioned
- involves floor propping
- involves explosives.
Restricted demolition licence (DE2) – demolishing/partially demolishing any building, structure or installation that:
- is between 4 metres and 15 metres in height and involves mechanical demolition such as using excavators, bulldozers or cranes
- is between 10 metres and 15 metres in height and affects its structural integrity
- involves the use of load shifting machinery on suspended floors.
You can add demolition types to a DE2 licence if you want to carry out some of the work of a DE1 licence holder.
No licence is required for the demolition of buildings/structures/installations that are less than 4 metres in height, and that do not involve DE1 or DE2 conditions.
Note: The person who'll be holding the licence must complete the application.
To be eligible to hold a licence you must:
- be aged 18 or over
- be a director or general manager of a demolition business, or involved in its management
- have at least one approved supervisor.
What you need
- a MyServiceNSW Account
- your proof of identity such as a driver licence, passport or Medicare card
- a workers compensation insurance certificate of currency (if applicable)
- a public liability insurance certificate of currency that lists your business activity as ‘demolition’
- your nominated supervisor(s).
As the licensee, you must have one or more supervisors attached to your licence.
- At least one of your supervisors must be a director or general manager of the demolition business, or involved in its management.
- You can nominate yourself or another person as your supervisor.
To nominate yourself
If you’ve previously been a supervisor, you'll need to provide:
- the demolition licence details for the business whose work you’ve supervised most recently.
If you have not previously been a supervisor, you'll need to provide:
- certificates or transcripts from a registered training organisation to show you’ve completed 11 units of competency
- evidence of experience (not more than 5 years old) working on at least 3 jobs covering every demolition type on the licence over a 3-year period.
Evidence of experience includes:
- DE1 licence
- safe work method statements
- photos of your work
- a reference letter from an employer or organisation, dated and signed on a business letterhead document
- DE2 licence
- site induction registers
- demolition work plans
- traffic management plans
- safe work method statements
- risk registers
- service reports for all plant used during the demolition
- asbestos clearance certificates if applicable
- a reference letter from an employer or organisation, dated and signed on a business letterhead document.
To nominate another person
- Download Demolition supervisor nomination form – PDF and ask the person to complete it. Upload the completed form during your online application.
How to apply
Note: You can save your application and return later.
- Select the ‘Apply online’ button.
- Log in or create your MyServiceNSW Account.
- Complete the online form.
- Gather and upload your supporting documents, including the supervisor nomination form(s) (if applicable).
- Make your payment.
- Submit your application – this must be done within 60 days of starting your application.
- Visit a Service NSW Centre with your photo ID within 30 days of submitting your application.
- After you’ve submitted your application, SafeWork NSW will assess it and decide if a demolition licence can be issued.
- If you withdraw your application or are refused a licence, the processing fee will not be refunded.
- Demolition licences last for 2 years.
- You must carry out a risk assessment before you start any demolition work.
- You must display a copy of your licence at the demolition site.
- Your nominated supervisor must be present when you carry out demolition work.
- You must notify SafeWork NSW at least 5 working days before you carry out any demolition work that involves:
- demolishing a structure more than 6 metres high
- load-shifting machinery (such as an excavator) on a suspended floor
To make sure you have all the information you need to complete this transaction, please visit SafeWork NSW.