Dangerous Buildings and Structures

 

In ensuring the health and safety of people in or about buildings, the Council has the power to deal with buildings or structures considered to be in a dangerous condition.

If you are concerned that a building or structure is in a dangerous or unsafe condition, please contact Building Control by completing the form here. Once details have been received, the matter will be investigated by one of the Council Building Control Surveyors and the appropriate action will be taken. Where possible you will be kept informed of the outcome.

In the first instance, following an inspection, the owner will be contacted and informed of the extent of the works required to be carried out to make the building or structure safe. Failure to carry out the works in a specified period may lead to the Council instigating legal action to have the danger removed.

In extreme cases, for example where the owner cannot be traced, or the building or structure is considered to be immediately dangerous, the Council has the power to carry out such works that are considered necessary to remove the danger. In some cases this could involve demolition.

Where works are carried out the authority is permitted to recover their costs from the owner of building or structure.