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Dangerous Structures



Loose roof tilesDangerous Buildings are dealt with by Qualified Building Control Officers, who have the necessary expertise to assess the appropriate action to obviate the danger and ensure public safety; this is very often done in conjunction with the emergency services.

The Council deals with both temporary and permanent structures and buildings if they are considered dangerous. The danger can arise from various structures as well as buildings, for example: 

  • Free standing boundary walls
  • Retaining Walls
  • Timber fences
  • Various frames, etc

If you are unsure as to whether something is classed as a Building or Structure then please contact the Building Control Section.

What do you do when you consider a Building to be dangerous?

Dangerous Structures 6Normally if a Building is considered dangerous but public safety is not imminently threatened, then an effort is made to contact the owner and request that work is executed to obviate the danger within a certain time limit, failure to carry out such work within the specified time frame will leave the Council no option but to apply to the Magistrates Court for an order under Section 77 of the Building Act 1984, if a person fails to comply with the Court order within the time specified, then the Council may:

  • Execute the order in such a manner as we think fit
  • Recover the expenses reasonably incurred from the person in default
  • The person in default may be liable on summary conviction to a fine

If a Building or Structure is considered imminently dangerous then the Council may take immediate action to remove the danger, and may recover the costs reasonably incurred in doing so from the owner.

Dilapidated Buildings

The powers contained within Dangerous Buildings Legislation does not extend to ruinous or dilapidated buildings, which may be in a poor condition, but do not present a danger to the public.

Reporting a dangerous Building or Structure

Please contact the Council using the contact details below, and provide the following information-

  • Address of Danger
  • Precise description of what you consider to be dangerous and its location
  • Any information with regards to ownership of the Building / Structure
  • Access provisions that will assist Officers in dealing with the problem
  • Your name and contact details, so we can advise you of any action taken (Optional)


The Council has a statutory duty to deal with Dangerous Buildings and Structures throughout the County and is therefore able to respond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  • Tel: 01970 633484 (North) 01545572484 (South)  0300 123 1199 (Emergency out of hours)
  • Email: