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Dangerous Structures

A dangerous building or structure can be anything on or about a building or structure that may be a danger to members of the public

These can include:

  • Loose or falling roof tiles;

  • Walls adjacent to public paths and footways that are in danger of collapse;

  • Unstable chimneys;

  • Larger buildings that become unstable.

What Makes Buildings or Structures Dangerous?

Buildings, like people, suffer from an ageing process, which can result in the structure becoming weaker. Buildings or structures can become dangerous as a result of poor maintenance, fire, storm, vehicle impact or explosion.

Where there are dangerous structures or buildings, it is the responsibility of the Building Control Service to take enforcement proceedings to ensure safety to any occupants or passers by.

Building Control Surveyors inspect all reported cases and deal with each case on merit or degree of danger. Where a building or structure is considered a high risk it will be visited within 90 minutes of contact being made with Building Control.

  • If your property is in a dangerous condition, but is not considered to be an immediate danger, a formal Dangerous Structure Notice will have to be served, but we will give you reasonable time to respond and offer a point of contact for further guidance.

  • Where minor defects are found in properties we will, if possible, carry out an inspection and offer informal advice on the best way of rectifying the problem.

  • Where necessary the danger will be removed immediately by the council's own specialist contractors under the close supervision of an experienced senior building control officer who will ensure that the work is carried out in the most suitable way.

  • If we need to take this action in respect of your property we will make every effort to contact you first. If this is not possible, a card will be left at the premises indicating what action has had to be taken and who should be contacted for further advice.


The owner of any building that becomes dangerous is responsible for all the costs involved in making the building safe. If the Council are unable to contact the owner at the time, and the building needs to be made safe, the Council may carry out the emergency works, and claim the costs back from the owner.

What to do

If you are concerned that a building or structure may be dangerous you can contact the council at any time. In the interest of public safety senior building control officers are available to give immediate attention to dangerous structures. Or you can email your concern by filling in the dangerous structure form, linked below.

Report a Dangerous Structure