The Process of Knockdown & Rebuild

A thought of knocking down an old house may be created when you do not want to leave the suburb that you already like. This could be a better idea and a solution for your family. Briefly, the process is to dismantle the existing house and build a brand new house on your area of land.

Many reasons are involved in choosing a knockdown-rebuild process although in a lot of cases, especially when your house is older, knockdown-rebuild is preferred as it is a much cheaper and easier way in comparison with renovation or extension. In this article, we will be talking about 5 easy steps of the knockdown rebuild process.

  1. Find out if the local council allows knockdown and rebuild.

  2. Get advice from experts.

  3. New home design (architectural, structural, etc.)

  4. Demolition of the old house

  5. Construct the brand new house.

Advantages of Knockdown & Rebuild

There are a lot of advantages of this way of construction, but one of the most important ones is that knockdown and rebuild will allow you to control your whole project whilst getting an advanced beneficial design as well as too many financial benefits, knocking down your home would positively affect on your lifestyle. Knockdown and rebuild is a less expensive option compared to other renovation types. Renovation work is always complicated, time-consuming, and honeycombing with unexpected delays in comparison with knockdown and rebuild which is so straightforward. You will also be required to pay some other costs such as Stamp Duty when you decide to move your home which is not the case during the knockdown and rebuild process. Additionally, knockdown and rebuild will enable people to keep their homes in the area that they love.

1. Check with the council

Most councils are strict to let the homeowners knockdown and rebuild their existing homes. Heritage-listed suburbs are the councils’ redline, so, likely, your house cannot be demolished.
It is very important to control whether your property is apt before any decision to knock down your existing house. You can easily give your local council a call to enquire about the possibility of doing a knockdown and rebuild though there is enough information on councils’ websites. It is recommended to make a telephone discussion with a council specialist to get the right information over your property title on how you can do a knockdown-rebuild and/or what permits, and approvals are required to simplify your journey.
This information will appear your land’s zoning, limitations, covenants, easements, etc. which could be applied. As the main purpose, you need to ensure that the building process will be smooth and without any interference from any organisation or the government.
Application for the demolition approval
There are a lot of details and aspects listed below as fundamental guidelines that have to be considered before you get your demolition permit/approval.

  • Provide insurance details for the contractor licensed to carry out your demolition work.


  • Ask your architect to add a demolition plan. This particular plan should outline the existing building(s) that need to be demolished and services to be disconnected.

  • Ask your conveyancer or solicitor to provide a copy of your settlement letter as evidence of land ownership because the council needs a record of your ownership.

  • A waste management plan needs to be prepared. This documents normally contains the material disposal methodology while you might be advised by the local councils’ specialists to use different methods of disposal.

  • A demolition permit also needs to be issued by a surveyor selected by you or the builder you have chosen.

  • You need a registered demolition practitioner to do your demolition work in the best and cost-effective way to ensure all the rules, regulations, and standards are satisfied safely and with peace of mind.

2. Get expert advice

Once the council has given you a provisional green light, then you will need to contact a building expert who has a deep understanding of the council’s regulations and processes that could be an architect, a structural engineer, a certified town planner, or a knowledgeable and experienced builder. AMC VIC HOMES as an expert and VBA registered “Building” and “Demolition” practitioner can provide high-quality assistance in this area.
A building expert not only can assist you with organising a variety of permits and approvals required for the project but also could be a perfect consultant to advise on every step of the process. During the assessment of your application, the experts will look at the following checklist of questions to determine many things:

  • Are there any front boundary setbacks and easements on your property?

  • Do any council overlays or covenants exist on your property? – these typically relate to heritage, flooding, bushfire, and flora protection.

  • Will the knockdown-rebuild disrupt traffic in your street? – if so, a traffic management plan could be required.

  • Does your new house design overlook or overshadow any neighbours?

  • Will the property’s public access point (which could be shared with neighbours) change in any way?

  • Which utilities (gas, water, electricity, telephone) require disconnection and removal?

  • Do any large trees require removal? – a separate council permit may be required.

3. The New Design of Your Dream Home

The builder of your home or the architect can finalise the design of your brand-new home. A quality home builder must show you their similar previous project that has been done by them or in the process as reliable references to trust. This could inspire you to trust the builder for the design and also the colour scheme which stands from the builder’s range of inclusions and could be chosen once you sign the contract with them. This is AMC VIC HOMES routine and clear process of building homes in Victoria which too many customers have relied on and trusted in the past two decades. AMC VIC HOMES is now offering a wide range of home inclusions for each Victorian taste and award-winning home designs that have been provided for all families living in Victoria of all shapes and sizes.

The following facts need to be considered while designing your new home:

  • Planning regulations from your planning permit or town planning document, for instance, flooding conditions.

  • Properties of your neighbours for accessibility issues.

  • Council controls such as covenants, easements, etc.

  • Block size, site condition, and site orientation.

4. Organise the demolition

You will not have to be worried about finding a VBA registered and accredited demolition specialist as long as you have chosen AMC VIC HOMES. Smaller builders will refer you to deal with smaller demolishers to carry out your job while we provide a complete turnkey package to our valuable customers. In some cases, if necessary, asbestos needs to be removed before the demolition process commenced, so we can organise it with our team to do.
You will also need to provide the demolisher with a copy of your demolition permit from the council.

Before the demolition work is carried out, the demolisher will contact utility providers such as gas, water, electricity, or telephone to disconnect and remove their facilities and infrastructure.
As one of the demolisher’s responsibilities, it is important to dismantle the waste materials such as concrete, steel, glass, timber, etc. Also, trees, roots and barriers, and excess soil could be removed by the demolisher. If you can see that your demolition cost is not as high as other demolishers, that is because some registered demolishers like AMC VIC HOMES offer material recycle or salvage that cut your demolition costs.
An “Asset Protection Permit” is required for the demolition work throughout Victoria which your local council helps you to get it. This permit is to cover public properties such as kerbs, pedestrian concrete, nature strips, crossovers, etc. Not only you will be asked to pay an asset protection bond to your council, but there is a permit fee that needs to be paid as well. Also, a temporary site fence is required to protect the public from the construction work. When the demolition process is finished, the nominated builder could start the construction site preparation.

5. Your New home reconstruction

Your new home will be started to rebuild when the demolition and the site preparation are completely done.

Knockdown & Rebuild Timing

AMC VIC HOMES, as an experienced and registered home builder in Victoria, always allows at least 12 months to hand over the homes to customers. It is worthy to say that this process (knockdown & rebuild) comprises various aspects and different areas to be considered.


Those items make it so hard to guess an exact timeframe. Some of those items are listed below:

  • Gathering and preparation of quotations

  • Design, construction documentation, including the planning permit, the endorsed plan, etc.

  • Whole demolition process (as above described)

  • Any potential danger to know

  • Asbestos removal if there is any

  • Stormwater and drainage issues with the property

  • The problems with the land such as unexpected rock excavation, the ground matters, the lie of the land, or building costs

  • Any tree protection

  • Any heritage listing

  • Easement or covenants

  • Any rules and regulations that limit the construction on your land


AMC VIC HOMES, as one of the oldest and trustable builders in Melbourne, can easily manage and hand over your problematic or hard project. This process is very intimidated on the paper, but AMC VIC HOMES takes care of its customers and ensures them that their knockdown-rebuild process will be carefully and accurately managed from start to finish. Please feel free to contact AMC VIC HOMES for more information on our smooth knockdown & rebuild process. We are pleased to have a free friendly consultation on how and when we can help you with your knockdown & rebuild project.

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