Individuals or corporations wishing to carry out demolition (or partial demolition) work on any building, structure or installation that's 4 metres high or more, need either a demolition licence, or a restricted demolition licence.
A demolition licence authorises all types of demolition work.
The restricted licence excludes demolition:
- over 15 metres high
- of chemical installations
- involving a tower crane on site
- involving a mobile crane with a rated capacity of more than 100 tonnes
- of pre-tensioned or post-tensioned structures
- involving floor propping, or
- involving explosives.
To be eligible you must:
- be 18 years or older
- have successfully completed a SafeWork NSW recognised training course with a registered training organisation (RTO)
- be able to demonstrate at least 3 years' work experience in an appropriate trade or in the relevant type of demolition work
- be found to be 'fit and proper' by SafeWork NSW.
What you need
- access to a printer
- the application fee
- a Demolition supervisor nomination form – PDF (if applicable)
- a letter from a director or general manager confirming your position in the management of their corporation (if applicable)
- evidence of your completion of a SafeWork NSW recognised training course
- a certificate of currency for public liability with 'demolition' listed as the business activity
- a certificate of currency for workers compensation insurance (if applicable)
- for each demolition type you're applying for:
- written statements of 2 safe work methods
- written references from your previous supervisor or employer supporting your work experience claims
- photos of relevant demolition work you've previously carried out.
- the PDF form – 'Demolition licence application'.
How to apply
- Select the 'Download PDF form' button.
- Complete and print the form.
- Attach all the required supporting documentation.
- Email your application, with payment, to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to:
Customer Service Centre
Locked Bag 2906
Lisarow NSW 2252
- Corporations must nominate a suitably qualified person involved in the management of the corporation, as 'management supervisor'.
- More information about the training requirements is available on the SafeWork NSW website.
- Your demolition licence requires you to ensure that an approved supervisor is always present at a work site when demolition work is being carried out.
- As a demolition licence holder, you and your supervisors must comply with all the requirements of the Work Health and Safety (WHS) regulation.