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Dangerous Structures

Dangerous Structures

Every property owner is legally responsible for maintaining their building to a safe condition, so that members of the public using a road,  street or footpath are not put at risk.  Councils are responsible for inspecting dangerous buildings, walls and structures that adjoin or about any street or public footpath, where a complaint has been received.

Reports of a dangerous structure are treated as priority and the Building Control service will carry out an investigation within 24 hours or sooner for more urgent requests.

If, after inspection by a Building Control Surveyor, a building is deemed to be dangerous the Council will serve notice on the owner requiring them within a period specified in the notice, to make safe the property so as to prevent any danger there from.

What is a dangerous structure?

A dangerous structure is a building, part of a building or other structure that adjoins or abuts a public road or footpath, which may be a danger to members of the public i.e.

  • loose or falling roof tiles
  • walls or fences that are in danger of collapse
  • unstable chimneys
  • larger buildings that become unstable

How do I report a dangerous structure?

Please call 0330 0561 010 during office hours.

Please provide us with the following information when reporting a dangerous structure:

  • your name
  • your telephone number
  • property location
  • address of the dangerous structure
  • description of how the building/structure is deemed dangerous
  • property owner’s details (if known) including a contact number