Once the ACT Government purchases an affected property, it will begin the process of demolition and site remediation.
Prior to any demolition activity the ACT Government and/or contractors work with neighbours and the community to inform them of the works and safety arrangements in place.
Each site is overseen by a principal contractor and WorkSafe ACT. Experienced licensed contractors undertake the removal and demolition works.
Demolition process and timing
Removing an affected house generally takes around six weeks, which includes preparation, removal, and remediation of the block. The timeline is highly dependent on the particular site conditions and the weather. A general guide is:
- 15 working days for planning and assessment
- 5 working days for site set up
- 8 working days for internal asbestos removal
- 7 working days for external structural demolition and site remediation
- 4 working days for site wrap up
See the complete demolition process.
There are rules for the appropriate disposal of waste during the demolition process.
Private demolition may be the best pathway for some homeowners and the ACT Government is supportive of this option.
Fee relief for waste disposal is available to eligible homeowners.
Download the Demolition Overview booklet (2.4 MB).
Find out more about:
- types of asbestos
- Asbestos Management Plan
- Scoping a house (video and transcript)
- Demolition safety (video and transcript)
Contact us for more information.