Dangerous structures

Buildings or structures may become dangerous due to old age, rapid deterioration, inclement weather or by more dramatic causes such as fire, explosion, or impact by vehicles.

Where the danger is felt to be so great that imminent collapse of the building or structure may occur, building control may take immediate action to remove the danger.

If there is no immediate danger but action is required to make the building or structure safe in the short term, building control may apply to the courts to have a notice served to the owner stating the required works to make it safe.

We will inspect all dangerous structures within 1 hour of being notified by telephone, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  If you believe there to be imminent danger please do not report this by email.

See the Contact details tab for information on reporting a dangerous building.

Protection of insecure buildings

Are you aware of any buildings in your area which are vacant and open to access? 

These buildings can become a nuisance to surrounding residents and neighbours, attracting potential vandals, drug users, and can often suffer from arson attacks.

Did you know that building control can have these buildings made secure?

Once an insecure building has been reported to building control it is our policy to attend the property within two hours to establish if the building is insecure. If it is we can serve notice to get the building made secure, in some cases the property will be secured the same day.

Dilapidated and ruinous buildings

Without adequate maintenance and repair a building or structure can quickly fall into a dilapidated condition. Alternatively, a building could be vandalised, subject to a fire, or damaged by extreme weather conditions. The owner, in turn, may not have the resources or inclination to repair the building.

When situations such as this arise building control can serve a notice to the owner, requiring them to either repair the building to a reasonable standard, or demolish the building and clear the site. If the owner fails to comply with the notice building control may carry out the work in default and charge the owner.

We will respond to all dilapidated and ruinous building notifications within 24 hours.

Building Control Services

Development And Regeneration Department

Room 309

Third Floor

Town Hall

Victoria Square



Telephone 01204 336033
Telephone 01204 336900 outside normal office hours
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