Building Control has a responsibility under the Building Act 1984 to carry out remedial action to deal with any structure, public or privately owned, that is judged to be in a dangerous condition.
Buildings become dangerous for many reasons:
- impact by vehicles
- fire damage
Danger can also arise from loose masonry or slates and unstable garden or boundary walls.
The Council operates an emergency service and Surveyors are available 24 hours a day to deal with any situation which may arise.
Working closely with the police and fire authorities, the Surveyor will act upon information received. He will visit the site and take whatever action is necessary, using powers under Sections 77 and 78 of the Building Act 1984.
Their action can result in the danger being removed immediately or the provision of temporary support, the closing of the highway or, if it is considered that there is no imminent danger, the owner of the building or structure being served with a notice requiring remedial work being undertaken within a prescribed period (usually 21 days). If the owner fails to comply with the notice within the time permitted, the Council may then apply to the Magistrates Court for an order enforcing the owner to execute the works.
The purpose of this procedure is to safeguard the general public against injury or worse.
Please click the link below should you wish to report a dangerous structure. If you consider the danger to be imminent and there is a risk to the health and safety of persons do not use this link but telephone the council on the numbers given to the right of this page.
If you are having construction or refurbishment work done, you may need to notify the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and you may have other duties as well – find out more below.
HSE - What you need to know if you are doing or having construction and building work carried out