Interpretation of Terms in Section 81 The Building Act 1984

Relevant Period

The notice served by the local authority must be issued within 'the relevant period'. Where a person proposing demolition has served notice upon the local authority under Section 80, the period is six weeks.

Adjacent Premises

The 'owner' and 'occupier' of adjacent premises must be served with a copy of the Section 81 notice. It is important that this is served on the relevant people so that anyone who may be affected are aware of the situation.

Statutory Undertaker

If any services of any statutory undertaker are to be disconnected due to the demolition, then a copy of the notice must be presented to them, i.e. if the work will need the disconnection of:

  • Gas supply
  • Electricity supply
  • Water supply

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