While you might not think that demolishing residential buildings versus commercial ones have that much difference, there’s actually more care and scrutiny that goes into the latter. Apart from the obvious different methods to demolish a structure, there are other requirements that demolitionists have to consider when demolishing commercial buildings.

Before you proceed with the demolition of your commercial building, here are the things you need to know to ensure everything goes as smoothly and successfully as possible:

  1. Measurements And Inspections

The first step in any commercial demolition job is taking measurements and doing a walkthrough of the building to help the demolitionist with pre-construction planning. There are many reasons you need to do this, the most basic being that you can physically see the state of the building and have a better idea of the possible hazards that may be present.

  1. Getting Permits And Approvals

This is an essential part of the process. Before you can even think of demolishing a structure, you need to get the proper authorities to give you a permit. This is important because there are a lot of legal and safety obligations that must be met for you to demolish a building. That’s why you need to apply for the necessary demolition permits from your local city offices. You’ll also need to ensure that your demolition company is licensed to do so.

  1. Preparing The Building For Demolition

The safest way to demolish a building is to dismantle everything first, starting with the roof and working your way down. Once all the building’s structures are dismantled, the demolition crew can begin removing the building’s walls and disassembling the structure’s interior.

If demolishing by hand is too much work, two other ways to demolish your building are with machines or with explosives. Both have their ups and downs, so consider your needs carefully to pick the right solution.

  1. Properly Disposing Of Waste And Demolition Debris

Remember that what makes demolition so environmentally friendly is how all the debris of the demolished structure gets recycled or disposed of properly. You want to ensure that everything you tear down is properly cleared and not just piled all in one big heap.

  1. Hazardous Waste Disposal

If you’re not sure if you’ll be disposing of hazardous and potentially toxic materials, consider getting a licensed hazmat contractor to help you dispose of them safely. You might also want to call the local authorities to see if you need to follow some safe disposal methods.


Though this list might make demolition seem simple, it is anything but that. A lot of work goes into tearing a building down, and whether you want to do it by hand, with machines, or with explosives, carefully planning out the entire process will ensure the job is done successfully. That said if you are unsure of how to properly demolish your building, feel free to hire professionals to do the job for you. They will take care of all the processes for you, allowing you to sit back and watch while they do the tough job of tearing down your building to let you start fresh and new!


DL Nagel Excavating is a full-service excavating company with over 30 years of extensive experience in lease development, sewer repair, and more. Contact us today if you need demolition services in Southwest Saskatchewan or anywhere else in Canada!