So you’ve just been notified that your neighbour is about to begin demolition works. We know. You’re worried about how it’s going to affect you.

The good news is, it’s nowhere near as bad as what you might be thinking.

Here, we’ve put together some information about what will happen before and during the demolition.


We are a licensed demolition provider. Our demolition License Number is: AD212912.


All demolition work will be undertaken according to Australian Standard 2601:2001 – The Demolition of Structures.


We are fully insured to undertake these demolition works.


We are required to notify neighbours of upcoming demolition works. That’s why you received the Neighbour Notification. On this card, we must specify an expected start date and completion date, the address where demolition will take place and provide you with contact information for us, the council and SafeWork.

Work hours

The earliest we’ll begin work will be 7am.

We won’t work after 5pm (except under some very rare circumstances).

Council approval

Council approval for demolition can either be obtained as part of the building application or as a separate demolition application.

A separate demolition application allows the demolition to take place whilst the building application is being processed.


It is likely the you’ll hear our machines during operation. The loudest piece of equipment that we use is the excavator jackhammer. We don’t often use this implement as most of our demolition work can be completed using a claw implement that breaks up the various materials. It’s not as loud and is very impressive in action!


You’ll most likely not feel any vibrations from the demolition work. The excavator jackhammer can create some low level vibrations. However, most of our work does not require the use of a jackhammer.


Demolition work can result in some dust. Most of that dust arises from the machinery moving around a dusty site and not from breaking up the materials. We have also developed our own dust suppression system that sprays a water mist directly onto the excavator claw during the demolition. This prevents dust from floating in the air.

If you are worried about dust, one of the best things you can do is close your windows during the demolition.

Asbestos removal

Asbestos removal requires specialist qualifications and skills. For this reason, all asbestos removal is handled by one of our preferred subcontractors.

Asbestos is always removed before we start demolition work. Asbestos work is done in accordance with SafeWork NSW guidelines and the Australian Standards.

You can find out more about these here:

SafeWork NSW – Asbestos removal Code of Practice

SafeWork Australia – Asbestos Removal Code of Practice


Terrain Earthworks & Demolition is fully licenced and insured to undertake demolition works. All work is carried out in accordance with WH&S regulations, Codes of Practice and Statutory requirements at all times. You can take a closer look at these here:

SafeWork Australia – Demolition Code of Practice

SafeWork NSW – Demolition Code of practice

Bad weather

Sometimes the weather turns bad and we need to pause work. We’ll continue working as long as it is safe for staff to do so and machinery is not at risk of becoming bogged.

If the ground becomes too muddy, we may need to pause work until the ground is dry enough to continue.

What should you do if you still have questions?

Call Matt Hawke on 0422 864 101