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Demolition Notices

This page contains copies of any demolition notices
Birmingham City Council has in effect.

The list of current notices is at the bottom of this page.


What is a demolition notice?
A demolition notice is used to tell tenants and leaseholders that we plan to demolish their home in the future. It also details the reasons why this is necessary.

Demolition notices come in two stages:

  • Initial Demolition Notices (IDNs) are usually issued when the local authority intends to demolish the property but has not yet planned when it will take place. A Final Demolition Notice may be issued before the demolition can take place.

  • Final Demolition Notices (FDNs) replace Initial Demolition Notices and are usually issued when the local authority has set a date for the demolition to take place.
How long are demolition notices valid for?
  • Initial Demolition Notices are valid for five years.
    If a Final Demolition Notice has not been issued in that time then everybody affected will be told that the Initial Demolition Notice has ceased to be in force, and the reason why.
    Once an IDN has ceased to be in force then another one cannot be issued for five years (unless the secretary of state consents).
  • Final Demolition Notices are valid for two years.

In both cases, the notice will clearly state the period that it is valid for.

How does this affect my Right to Buy?

You can still make a Right to Buy application when an Initial Demolition Notice is in effect on your home, but the process may be suspended until either a Final Demolition Notice has been served or the Initial Demolition Notice has ceased to be in force.

When a Final Demolition Notice is in force, all existing or future Right to Buy applications can be refused.

If an Initial Demolition Notice is issued, then you may seek compensation for expenses you incurred in relation to professional fees incurred within 3 months of the serving of either notice.

What does a notice include?

You can find an example demolition notice at the bottom of this page.
Every demolition notice should:

  • clearly identify the properties affected by it
  • explain the reasons why those properties have been earmarked for demolition
  • give a broad indication of when the properties will be demolished, for example 2006-2008
  • the date when the notice or notices will cease to be in force, and that there may be a right to compensation under Section 138C for expenditure incurred in respect of existing Right to Buy applications.
We will publicise all of our demolition notices in the local press and on the landlord's website.


If you have any questions or concerns about demolition notices, please email us at:
clearance@birmingham.gov.uk