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Construction and demolition method statement

A construction and demolition method statement explains how works on a development (including demolition) will be undertaken during the construction or demolition phase to prevent harm resulting from the scheme.

When required

The development is within or would affect a site of ecological importance. For example:

  • Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
  • Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
  • County Wildlife Site (CWS)
  • Ramsar Site
  • Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Site (RIGG)
  • Limestone Pavement Area (LPA)
  • site is within or close to a site that drains to a watercourse


The details needed will vary from scheme to scheme and from site to site. Start the statement right at the planning stage of your project and write it for the development you propose. Don't copy it from somewhere else.

A scheme in a residential area may need to consider measures to prevent disturbance from noise, dust and vehicles. A scheme near to a watercourse would need to consider potential sources of pollution and mitigation measures which may need to be put in place.

It is a good idea to speak to relevant organisations (Natural England, Environment Agency etc.) as soon as possible to make sure the proposed development or demolition can be carried out with their approval. Take their advice and incorporate it into the method statement.

Use accurate and informative photographs, drawings, plans and Ordnance Survey maps.

A construction and demolition method statement should include the following information:

  • timing and schedule of works
  • hours of working
  • sediment control measures
  • pollution control measures
  • parking areas for the vehicles of site operatives and visitors
  • areas of loading and uploading of plant and materials
  • areas for storage of plant and materials
  • details of the erection and maintenance of security hoarding
  • provision of wheel washing facilities
  • measures to control the emission of dust and dirt during construction or demolition
  • a scheme for recycling or disposal of waste resulting from construction and demolition works
  • details of access and haul routes for construction vehicles, delivery vehicles or waste disposal vehicles
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