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Work to demolish the dangerous Opera House building in ScarboroughThe borough council’s powers to control noise, dust and air pollution from demolition sites that may affect local residents are contained in the Control of Pollution Act, 1974.


Under Section 60 of this Act, the Council may serve a notice imposing requirements as to the way in which works are to be carried out.

Such a notice may, in particular:
  • specify the plant or machinery which may be used,
  • specify the hours during which the works may be carried out,
  • specify noise levels which must not be exceeded,
  • provide for any change of circumstances.
Any requirements made by the Council could vary according to such factors as the type and extent of the work being undertaken and the site location in relation to the surrounding residences.

Advice to builders and developers

Demolition sites are often near existing residential accommodation. This can lead to conflict between demolition contractors and local residents.
However, most residents will in general accept demolition site noise but will complain if work starts early or finishes late or takes place on Sundays or Bank Holidays. Generally, sites operations should be limited to 7:00am to 7:00pm weekdays.


Owners wishing to demolish a building must give notice to the local authority under Section 80 of The Building Act 1984. 


North Yorkshire Building Control Partnership (NYBCP) administers this service on behalf of Hambleton, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby Councils.


Information and relevant documentation, can be found on the NYBCP website.

The local authority will continually review and assess housing conditions in the area to help determine which properties are unfit for occupancy or are abandoned.


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Environmental Regulation Team
Environmental Services
Scarborough Borough Council
Town Hall
St Nicholas Street
YO11 2HG
Tel: 01723 232514
Fax: 01723 365280

LGNL: 603

Scarborough Borough Council,Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, North Yorkshire. YO11 2HG
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