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Heritage Listed Demolition in Melbourne

How to Approach a Heritage Listed Demolition in Melbourne

Receiving the appropriate permissions to undertake a heritage-listed demolition in Melbourne can feel challenging enough on its own — but the actual process presents many challenges, too. Not only must the contractors you choose take great care during the process, especially if there are other heritage-listed buildings nearby, but they must also be aware of the potential risks involved. Often, the construction of buildings that are today heritage-listed involved the use of materials we would now consider hazardous. At Supreme Demolition, we are ideally equipped to support our partners throughout this most challenging type of demo project.

Tips for Planning to Demolish a Heritage Building in Melbourne

Proper planning is essential for a smooth project that proceeds according to schedule and without surprises. Older buildings typically post unique challenges and ensuring that your project encounters no delays requires engaging in some due diligence. What should you keep in mind when you need to enlist assistance to undertake a heritage demolition project? Some of our most trusted tips include:


  • Always ensure that you have the proper permissions in place. Heritage demolitions can be sensitive projects, especially for a local community, and the laws and regulations in place demand a particular level of due diligence. Before enlisting our assistance, ensure you've done your homework on these parts of the process.

  • Gather as much information about the structure and its composition as you can. Older building materials varied dramatically, and it is best to have some understanding of what hides behind the walls before those walls start to come down. With Supreme Demolition, you do not have to worry about this part of the process – we will assist in researching and inspecting the building to prepare for the presence of once-popular building materials, such as asbestos.

Common Mistakes People Make with the Demolition of Heritage Buildings

Although the need for heritage listed demolition services in Melbourne only arises occasionally, that rarity also means it is easy for individuals and owners to make potentially costly mistakes along the way. Instead of rushing into the process, take a step back and ensure that you are fully aware of the errors you should avoid, including:


  • Assuming there is nothing hazardous on the property. While the Supreme Demolition team takes care to follow the strictest safety standards, heritage buildings can be unpredictable. If you have any reason to suspect, for example, that there is asbestos in the building, communicate that information. We will plan appropriately before removing even a single brick.

  • Trying to rush the process. While we are proud of our ability to meet tight deadlines, the nature of a project such as this demands some level of patience to ensure proper mitigation of risks, disposal of materials, and site preparations. After all, it is better to do it right the first time — and we always see to that.


Working alongside a provider with years of experience, the proper training, and the right equipment can help to make this effort less stressful and more successful.


Over more than 20 years in business, we've had the opportunity to develop a unique skill set that covers a broad range of abilities. Not only are we able to tackle substantial demolition jobs, but we have the delicate touch necessary for the sensitive work involved in undertaking a heritage-listed demolition in Melbourne. With proper planning ahead of time, you can reach your milestones with confidence and ease. Reach out today to set up an opportunity to discuss your requirements.

Demolition of Heritage Listed Houses in Melbourne: 


If you have a building or any property, it can be torn down for a limited number of reasons, and if your buildings are old, then you will need to hire heritage listed demolition services in Melbourne.


These buildings or properties either obstruct new construction because they are outdated, in bad shape, or both. It is only reasonable to question what happens to build materials after destruction in a world where sustainability and creating more environmentally friendly business practices are becoming increasingly important for every industry. 


Although most of the demolition process may generate a sizable quantity of garbage, there are more and more chances to repurpose some of the materials that came out of the destruction that would otherwise be thrown out.


Let us look at what happens to some building materials once a building or property has been demolished by heritage listed demolition in Melbourne.



When building materials of heritage listed houses in Melbourne, steel is by far the most significant and often utilized frame material for commercial and industrial structures. More importantly, this material is highly recyclable; globally, people can efficiently recycle the same. In 98% of cases, structural steel is reused innovatively without ending up in landfills.



Concrete is undoubtedly one of the most important construction materials for laying foundations, walls and supporting structures. The material used for creating concrete is not renewable or recyclable; therefore, it is used for other construction purposes such as landscaping, construction of roads, etc.

In a demolition project, there are a lot of recyclable materials available. By hiring a proper heritage listed demolition Melbourne contractor, you will be able to utilize those materials efficiently, and most importantly, your project will also become environment-friendly.


You can find the best heritage listed demolition services in Melbourne if you research it. Furthermore, check the budget and the duration in which the work is done.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What are demolition services ?
    Demolition, or razing, is the science and engineering in safely and efficiently tearing down buildings and other artificial structures. The old building is demolished to make way for new buildings or other property development. The building is pulled down either manually or mechanically using large hydraulic equipment: elevated work platforms, cranes, excavators or bulldozers.
  • Do I need council approval to demolish my property?
    Yes, you’ll need both the CDC (Complying Development Certificate) and DA (Development Authority) approval before beginning any kind of demolition process on your property. When you work with Supreme Demolition, we are licensed and certified demolition contractors, who can work with the City Council for necessary certificates and approvals. A timeline of 7-14 business days should be considered.
  • Who can perform demolitions?
    Demolition includes a complex procedure and tasks that involve razing structures, clearing the site from debris, environmental remediation, and recovery and recycling of what can be salvaged. There are specific guidelines and regulations that all parties must follow when demolishing a building, or even just part of a building. The Supreme Demolition team is 100 per cent certified, licensed and insured to take on this work. We also know all the laws and regulations by the letter and know how to plan and execute projects without damaging surrounding infrastructure or causing other unforeseen complications.
  • How long will it take to complete the Demolition?
    After all, the relevant permits have been acquired, and approvals are taken, the property is vacated, then demolition takes only a couple of days to dismantle the structure. Unforeseen circumstances and uncontrollable variables like extreme weather conditions may affect the timeline.
  • Will my neighbours be disturbed?
    Many factors need to be considered for home demolitions. Based on the density of the neighbourhood around your home, the closeness of other structures, and the actual location of the property, it is possible that people around might hear machinery during operating business hours. Supreme Demolition addresses this by issuing letters advising about proposed work 14 days before the actual demolition day, and invite any neighbours with concerns to connect with us for re-assurances.
  • What Hours Will Home Demolitions Be Operating?
    Supreme Demolition carries out any demolition work during the general business hours of eight to four. In case, you have a special request to accommodate children, work schedules, or medical conditions we request you to let us know so we could workaround to find a suitable schedule that works for all parties.
  • Can I Have A Look At What Is Going On?
    By law, a demolition site needs to be fenced to avoid danger to the crew and public alike. All demolition worksites are inherently dangerous, and it is mandated to wear personal protective equipment in accordance with regulations while working on a demolition project. If you are interested to have a look you are welcome to do so from the street, while not blocking any access for the crew or public.
  • Is it legal to demolish your own house?
    Before you can demolish your own house, you’ll need to go through a variety of paperwork to get council approvals, permits. After all the paperwork is completed you can hire a licensed and insured demolition contractor to demolish your own house ensuring legal compliance at every stage.
  • How much does it cost to demolish a house in Melbourne?
    The cost of demolishing a house is determined by various intrinsic costs – permits, compliances, certificate of approvals and other costs. On average, it cost about $3 to $11 per square foot to demolish a house in Melbourne. However, the cost is always estimated individually after during thorough site visit and survey to understand the implications of the demolition project. We offer a FREE estimate for any demolition work.
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