Planning Guide For Commercial Demolition

Commercial demolition is a high-scale project that requires significant planning and precise execution. Whether it is a small or massive demo, this task should only be left in the hands of trained professionals. However, even with that being said, as the property owner, there are some measures you can take to ensure the project moves ahead as smoothly as possible.

Conduct a Safety Briefing

Set aside a time to organize a safety briefing for your staff. Depending on the project's extent, you might have your staff on-site during the work. It is of the utmost importance that everyone remains safe. During this safety briefing, you can relay safety details, including instructions on which areas of the building might be off limits, for example. The more the team knows, the better. 

Notify Utility Companies

For any large-scale demolition, you must contact your local utility services to inform them of the project. Based on the scope of work, the utility company will determine if they need to come out to the site to mark off the utility access points, and they might also decide to shut off connections. Often, a commercial demolition company will not move forward without these tasks being performed for safety and liability reasons. 

Investigate Permitting

Any demolition project that involves structural changes will likely require permitting. The primary reason for permitting is to ensure the proposed changes can be executed safely. Like utility notification, the demolition company will likely require proof of this permitting before moving forward. Remember that you could face fines if you move forward without approval. 

Plan a Green Demolition

A demolition project does not have to be a total waste. It is best for the environment and the company's bottom line when they plan a green demolition. As part of this project, prepare a list of items or structures you want carefully removed from the demo area for reuse or resale. 

Be a Good Neighbor

If you are in a commercial space with nearby neighbors, such as in a strip mall, do your part by being a good neighbor. You are not technically required to tell them if you own the building and have received permits. However, if the project will cause even a slight disturbance to their operations, it is courteous to let anyone nearby know of the plans so they can plan accordingly.  

Remember all these factors as you progress with your commercial demolition project. Be sure to also speak with the demo team to determine what additional steps they may want you to follow.