A ‘material commencement’ may be deemed to have been carried out by any building operations which may include:

  • Demolition of buildings*
  • Rebuilding
  • Structural alterations of or additions to buildings
  • Other operations normally undertaken by a person carrying on business as a builder

(*Prior notification will be required to be given to the Local Authority prior to demolition taking place to enable them to assess whether demolition may require an Environmental Impact Assessment to be carried out).

Prior to a material commencement of development taking place the developer should ensure that any other necessary permissions have been obtained, including approval of Building Regulation requirements.