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Introduction

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.

Eligibility

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).

Supervisors

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

How to apply

Note: You can save your application and return later.

  1. Select the ‘Apply online’ button.
  2. Log in or create your MyServiceNSW Account.
  3. Complete the online form.
  4. Gather and upload your supporting documents, including the supervisor nomination form(s) (if applicable).
  5. Make your payment.
  6. Submit your application – this must be done within 60 days of starting your application.
  7. Visit a Service NSW Centre with your photo ID within 30 days of submitting your application.

More information

  • 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
    • explosives.

To make sure you have all the information you need to complete this transaction, please visit SafeWork NSW.