Demolishing your house? Things you need to know


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Home demolition process  must be commenced after completing due diligence with the local governing authorities, and obtaining a No Objection Certificate (NOC)  from the public utility service.

Ravi Singh, owner of a 2BHK house in Delhi, had been living in the same house for around 40 years. As his family grew bigger, he needed more space, but did not wish to move out. So, he decided to demolish the old house completely, and build a new spacious home. Singh’s is not a lone case. In fact, according to Alok Bhasin, Architecture and Interior Design professional active in NCR,  demolition is quite common in Tier- I and Tier- II cities, especially in older areas.

There are several reasons for which owners decide to demolish their house. Extensive damage due to natural disasters, wear and tear over years, old design and weak structure are some of the common reasons.

Before beginning the process, one needs to take permits from various civic authorities and neighbours,  as they too are going to get impacted by the demolition. “The process has to be commenced after completing due diligence with the local governing authorities, and obtaining a NOC from the public utility services like electricity utility, water and sanitation utility, entertainment utility and fire department,” says Bhuvan Ashish, Sustainable Design Expert, IdeinLab Architects.

“If your house is situated close to a busy road, you will have to take permission from traffic police. They will then apply barricades around the house. And if you are building a basement, which can impact a neighbour’s house, you will require your neighbour’s permission as well,” says Manish Gupta, General Manager - BIM Architecture, Intec Infra Technologies Pvt Ltd.

In case you are planning to build a new home on the plot, you will have to submit new building plans to the authorities. Also, say you had the prior permission of two floors and now after demolition, you want to build an extra floor, you will have to take permission for this as well. Also, rules related to demolition and construction vary from city to city. In Delhi, for instance, stilt parking has become compulsory. So, if you are demolishing an old house, which did not have the stilt, you will have to build a stilt parking in the new one.

Since house demolition is a tedious process, experts advise that it must be handled by professionals rather than individuals. “Consulting a structural engineer is a must,” says Gupta. He advises that demolition should not be carried out during the rainy season.


According to Mukhtar Ahmed, Proprietor, Modern Building Dismantlers in Bangalore, there are two ways of demolishing a house. One is ‘Simple Manual Demolition’ - It is apt for smaller buildings and involves pulling the structure down using mechanical methods.

The other method is fairly new and is called "deconstruction" or "green demolition". It involves a careful process where the building is slowly taken apart and as much material as possible is saved for reuse.

How much does it cost?

The cost to tear down a house varies a lot and there is no exact figure that can be specified. In Singh’s case, he brought down a 2BHK house to build a 3BHK+basement. During the demolition and construction his family was living in a rented house. The total cost incurred to him was around Rs 40 lakh.

Here you also need to consider the buyback price of debris. “The construction quality and material used in old house plays an important role. For instance, wood work has a good reselling price. Materials built from steel, iron and other stuffs also have a reselling price, since they can be recycled,” says Bhasin.

Should you demolish your house?

“It entirely depends on the economics and the individual/family need. If the house is in a deplorable condition, then there is no point in retaining the structure. Furthermore, the house you are getting after demolition and reconstruction should be worthy of the total expense.,” says Gupta. It also depends on how much you are willing to spend, since there are possibilities of renovation and partial demolition as well.

However, those who do decide to demolish their old home, and build a bigger and better home to suit their present and future needs, the above mentioned points should be taken into consideration before taking the plunge.

Some handy tips

If you are thinking of embarking on a home remodelling project, the following tips can come handy:

  1. Decide who is going to take care of the demolition. In other words, get in touch with contractors or construction companies who have a good track record of handling house demolitions and remodelling.
  2. Be very sure of the amount they are going to charge for the same. In recent practices, contractors also ask for a portion of the house post remodelling. In this case, be sure that you are ready to let go of a floor of your house.
  3. To manage waste like concrete and bricks, get a large waste container or a truck arranged so that you the neighbours are do not get hassled by the waste getting accumulated in the vicinity.
  4. Before re-modelling the house, take expert advice and also follow the municipal floors plans to avoid any legal hurdles later on.


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  • sridhara BR October 15, 20152:43 pm

    I have an own house in Bangalore City corporation Limits. The house is 40+ years old. This house was purchased from the Karnataka housing board. I want to demolish the house. Please let me know the permission that I should obtain before demolishing the house. The wood work is full of Solid teak of high quality. What would be the approximate cost and what are the buy back items.

    Thanks and regards,
    Sridhara BR

  • Rattan Dev Tandon October 3, 20166:39 pm

    Dear Mr.Sridhara,
    Good Day..
    My company is Shri Balaji Construction…We are expert in demolition which is neighbour friendly…
    You can take the permission of demolition from concerned departments in Bangalore…

    Rattan Tandon
    Shri Balaji constructions
    New Delhi

  • PRADEEP CHAWLA May 15, 20173:16 pm

    In my neighbour one house with 3&1/2 floor structure is under demolishing stage. There is no display as to who is the owner, contractor, builder and what are the building plans. It is causing lot of nuisance. What remedies I have.

    Also what are the permitted timings-during the day – for demolishing the structure and constructing the structure as per by-laws.

    An early reply will be highly appreciated.


    1. Debolena Bose

      Debolena Bose May 15, 20174:34 pm

      Hi Pradeep,

      For quick answer to your query, post it on

  • pereira June 16, 20172:31 pm

    Would anyone know the cost of demolishing a house in goa? our house is too old almost in ruins. wondering what would be the cost of demolition per sq mt

    thanks in advane for your reply

    1. Subhadra Badauria

      Subhadra Badauria July 12, 20172:58 pm

      Hi Pereira,

      Please post your query on

  • Tukaram Kale July 7, 20176:23 pm

    I live in latur city. We live in a G+3 multistorey building. It is 50 years old. Including me we are 3 owners of this. We have dispute in equally distributing it and so we have decided to demolish it. Total area is 92×33 sq.ft. How we can get equal part of it after demolition and reconstruction?

    1. Subhadra Badauria

      Subhadra Badauria July 12, 20172:59 pm

      Dear Tukaram,

      Please share your query with experts on for best assistance.

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