Demolition & Clearing trade jargon

Jargon by trade

A naturally-occuring material that was commonly used in many building products prior to 2000, including being mixed with cement. If disturbed the fibres can cause fatal illnesses, and removal should be handled by professionals.

Building Act 1984

The overarching act of legislation that covers all building regulations in the UK.

Building control

A legal requirement that must be obtained before carrying erecting, extending or significantly altering a building. Building control officers (also known as building control surveyors/building inspectors) are usually based within local authority building control departments.



To close off an electrical or plumbing system.

Conservation area

An area designated by the local authority to be of special historical or architectural significance, in which certain developments may be restricted.

Grub up

Taking out floors and foundations in a demolition process.

Planning permission

Permission needed from the local authority to allow certain developments.


Short for reinforcing bar, a steel bar or frame of steel bars around which concrete is poured, with the rebar providing support.


Materials kept back from any demolition that can be sold on or reused, such as bathtubs, sinks, fireplaces etc.

Section 80 Notice

A notice that must be given to the local authority of an intended demolition.

Skip hire

The rental of a skip or bin used to collect and dispose of building waste - can be arranged by the tradesperson on your behalf or personally. 

A road permit (licence) will usually be required from the local authority if a skip is to be placed on a public highway/road or pavement. This will usually be obtained (at cost) by the company supplying the skip. 

Soft strip

Removal of all internal loose fixtures and fittings as well as fixed items.

Waste carriers license

A license that must be possessed by any tradesperson transporting, disposing of, or brokering waste.

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