Demolition Procedures

Choosing Demolition

Demolishing a structure is a choice in many cases, such as:

  • A structure may be too far past repair (structurally unsound, unfit or unsafe for occupancy)
  • Your property may benefit from rebuilding at the location
  • New tenants may require a different design than what the current structure offers
  • The structure may be considered a blight to the neighborhood and attractive to unwelcome guests

Demolition Process

Demolition permits are required before you demolish a structure or remove underground storage tanks. These permits cost $52. To begin the demolition process, follow these steps:

  • Fill out a Demolition Authorization Form (PDF), which gives the City of Danville permission to start utility releases on your property - this will disconnect electricity, water, gas, sewer, telephone, and cable
    • On this form you will show whether you want or do not want to reconnect the utilities if you plan on rebuilding at a later date; utilities will be connected at your expense
    • Some commercial work may not require the disconnection of utilities if the work is on the interior of the building
  • The Community Development office will notify the utility companies to disconnect the utilities; companies are generally given 7 to 10 days to complete the release
  • We will call you once utilities are disconnected, and you will be able to get your demolition permit
  • You are responsible for contacting Miss Utility to locate any underground utilities. Call Miss Utility at 811 or 800-552-7001 before you dig

Once the structure has been demolished, all of the debris has been removed from the property, and the lot has been re-seeded, call our office at 434-799-5260 to schedule a final inspection. The building inspector will inspect the property to make sure it is clear of debris. The permit will then be closed.

For Your Safety

Before starting a demolition project, adequately prepare for the task with regard to the health and safety of the workers involved. Preparatory operations include:

  • Developing the method used to bring the structure down
  • Gathering the equipment necessary to do the job
  • Taking measures to perform the work safely

Survey your project area for:

  • Asbestos
  • Lead paint
  • Confined spaces
  • Fall protection
  • Respiratory problems
  • Scaffolding

Contact the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for more safety tips.