Construction and demolition method statement

Last Updated: 23 August 2023

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

When a proposed development is within or would affect a site of ecological importance:

  • 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¬†

Major planning applications (10 or more dwellings, more than one hectare site area or more than 1,000 square metres floor area) on sites that fall into the above categories should be accompanied by a Construction and Environmental Management Plan (CEMP). It should set out responsibilities regarding legislation and the implementation of environmental measures designed to mitigate the environmental impacts from the construction phase of the development


The details needed will vary from scheme to scheme and from site to site. We recommend starting the statement right at the planning stage of your project and writing 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.

Content of a construction and demolition method statement

  • 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
  • chemicals and hazardous substances (use and storage)
  • management and control of invasive species
  • waste management
  • oil use, storage and refuelling of plant and equipment
  • accurate plans, photographs and Ordnance Survey maps
  • where development is likely to cause dust, noise and vibration (for example piling, rock breaking or extensive earthworks). The activities should follow best practice as defined in S.72 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974. Further guidance may be found within BS5288 Code of Practice for Noise and Vibration Control on construction and open sites.


Policy DM7 South Lakeland Local Plan Addressing pollution, contamination impact and water quality.