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Dangerous structures and public safety

Dangerous structures 

Building Control have to ensure the safety of building users if a building is dangerous.

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A dangerous structure can include all or part of a building or structure. The danger can be to an occupant or members of the public.

These can include:

  • loose or falling roof tiles;
  • walls next to public paths and footways that are in danger of collapse;
  • unstable chimneys;
  • larger buildings that become unstable.

Structures can become dangerous for many reasons, including lack of maintenance or damage. Weather, fire and accidents can be the cause of dangerous structures.

Building Control inspect all reported cases and deal with each case on merit or degree of danger. We will be visit imminent dangerous structures within 2 hours of notification.

If your property is not an immediate danger we will give you reasonable time to remove the danger.

If your property is an imminent danger we will make every effort to contact you before we take action.

If we need to take action immediately to remove a danger, we will ensure that we make every effort to contact you. If we are unable to contact you we will authorise the works required

If we need to take immediate works to a property we will recover costs from the owner of the property.

The costs will include officer time taken.

If you want to notify us that a building or structure is dangerous you can contact the council at any time.

Please report dangerous structures by telephone 01872 224792 (24 hours).