Building Approvals for Demolitions, Removals, and Relocations

Are you looking to demolish, remove, or relocate a building or structure? Then you’re going to need a building approval.


Luckily, you’re in the right place. Here at Rapid Building Approvals, we know that getting your demolition, removal, or relocation approved can be complicated and time-consuming, but we want to help make it as simple and straightforward as possible for you. Our team of experts will work with you every step of the way, from initial application through final approval. We’ll even provide pre-application advice so you can get started on the right foot!


This process doesn’t need to be complicated – let us simplify it for you! We know how important time is when dealing with construction projects, which is why we work quickly and efficiently to ensure that your project stays on track from start to finish. We also pride ourselves on being able to offer free quotes within 24 hours, as well as having highly trained, award-winning staff who often deliver building approvals within a day. If you want fast results without sacrificing quality, contact us today!


Contact us now or read below for more information on how we can help with your demolition approval needs!

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    Ryan and the team at Rapid were super-fast getting my building approval back. I rang them in the morning and was able to start building my shed, the next day. Significantly cheaper than other certifiers in the area also. Highly recommend.

    Joshua Collins

    Super professional and quick. Every time I contacted Ryan, he was available and, his responses were quick and easy to understand. Made the process run smoothly, without any guessing.

    Eleanor Gallagher

    We used Ryan for the building approval for our new patio. He provided great customer service and we had the building approval super quick (next business day!), so we could get started with the build.

    James McPeake

    It's so nice to work with a local company who knows their stuff. Thanks again for the old school customer service Rapid Building Approvals.

    Sarah Quinn

    I made the switch to Rapid Building Approvals and Ryan Bird for our projects, last year. He has been an absolute pleasure to deal with. I have never experienced such prompt approval and have never looked back. I have had great feedback from clients about their services and I would highly recommend them to anyone who needs certification or advice. 10/10

    Lysa Thompson

    We engaged Ryan for a patio extension. Very happy with the fast turnaround on the building approval and his extensive knowledge.

    Heidi McPeake

    My father rang 3 companies locally here in Townsville, to enquire about building a granny flat at his property. We have not yet engaged Rapid Building Approvals formally for our project, but Ryan spent over 20 minutes on the phone to my dad, explaining the process, costs and any potential difficulties that may arise. Other companies just asked us to send plans for us to quote and didn't seem very interested. I thought this alone was worth a review, as it's not very often great customer service like this is found.

    Lisa Sutherland

    If you want a one stop certification company with great knowledge and great service, then I recommend Rapid Building Approvals.

    Robert P

    We have used many certifiers over our 15 years in the industry, Ryan and Scott at Rapid Approvals stand out above the rest. They have excellent knowledge, are very reactive to any questions or concerns we might have and are always willing to go the extra mile! Highly recommend to anyone looking for hassle free quick certification, on any residential building project.

    Luke Jager

    Fantastic team to deal with. Extremely knowledgeable and super quick. The name says it all ... Rapid!

    Lisa Sutherland

    Rapid Building Approvals are a great team! Ryan is very knowledgeable and always has the answer. Highly recommend.

    Rachel Hutchinson

    My husband and I are in the design and building industry in Cairns. We highly value Ryan and the teams extensive expertise and most of all, they are reliable. We 100% recommend him and his team!

    Liam Gilligan Builders

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    Do I need a building approval to demolish or destroy a building or structure?

    Before you begin the process of demolishing a structure, you’ll need to get permission in the form of a building approval. In order to get a building approval, also known as a demolition permit in this context, you’ll need to go through a licensed private building certifier. Rapid Building Approvals are ready and able to help you get the approvals you need for your demolition, and for whatever you may be planning to build afterwards. 


    The building certifier will need to inspect the build and assess your plans in order to certify that they meet the requirements as laid out by the relevant legislation.


    Some other factors may be taken into consideration, such as whether your building or structure is in a character or heritage overlay. Should this be the case, your options may be limited. These limitations can be complex, so we encourage you to call us and speak to one of our building certifiers to ensure you are receiving the right advice.

    Do I need a building approval to move or relocate a building or structure?

    Yes, if you aren’t demolishing the structure, but rather planning on moving it somewhere else – even on the same property – you will need building approval from a building certifier. You’ll likely need to seek additional permits from your building certifier to ensure that the new placement and installation of the building or structure meets the relevant regulations and requirements. 


    Some of the more common projects we see are the:

    • Demolition of residential buildings such as houses, granny flats, and apartments. 
    • Demolition of a pool or spa
    • Relocation of transportable buildings and structures
    • Site offices and facilities
    • The demolition or removal of temporary structures
    • Removal or relocation of Shipping containers
    • The removal or relocation of motor homes
    • Demolition, removal, or relocation of tiny homes


    Although, this is by no means an exhaustive list. If you’re looking to demolish, relocate, or remove something that you don’t see listed here, be sure to contact us and speak with one of our building certification experts.

    What if I want to relocate from one council to another?

    If you are relocating a building or structure from one council into another you will need a building certifier to provide you with the necessary building approvals for both councils prior to its relocation. Rapid Building Approvals works across a wide range of local councils and can help you accomplish this.

    How long is my building approval good for?

    A building permit received for the demolition or removal of a building or structure is valid for 12 months. After 12 months, if you’ve not yet completed the demolition or removal, your building approval will lapse. Should this happen, you will need to have a building certifier provide you with another building approval for your demolition or removal work. This second permit will again lapse after 12 months if your work is not finalised.

    What happens if you demolish or relocate your building without approval?

    Safety is one of the most important elements and aims of the building approvals process. As such, gaining a building approval ensures that you and any professionals involved in the demolition and or relocation of your building or structure intend to complete each step expected of the process. 


    This can include ensuring that the area is properly fenced off, that it has the appropriate signage, that utilities such as water, power, and gas have been disconnected, and more. Failure to complete any one or more of these tasks are likely to result in severe penalties from your local council. In some extreme scenarios, the lack of these preparations can result in damage to city infrastructure or the injury or death of those on site. 


    These reasons, amongst others, are why you are legally obligated to undergo the building approvals process when demolishing, removing, or relocating any building or structure.

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