Building Standards has a responsibility to deal with dangerous buildings as they occur. Buildings may become dangerous due to old age, deterioration or settlement, or by more dramatic causes such as storm, explosion, fire or impact by vehicles. All buildings which appear to be dangerous should be reported to Building Standards who will treat the matter with the utmost urgency.
If it is considered that a building is immediately dangerous Building Standards can require immediate evacuation and require, or take, any action necessary to protect the public and adjacent property. Such action may involve temporary road closure, barricading, shoring, scaffolding, repairs or demolition.
Where the building is not immediately dangerous the owner will be contacted by Building Standards and requested to make the building safe within a stated time and, if satisfactory action is not taken, a Dangerous Building Notice may be issued. If this is not complied with, the Council can instruct all necessary works to make the building safe and recover costs from the owner.
It is often possible to discuss a dangerous building with its owner in the hope that the matter can be resolved quickly without the Council instructing work on a private property.
To report a building which appears structurally dangerous, contact Building Standards using the details below.
Building Standards Mon-Thu: 8.45am - 4.45pm Fri: 8.45am - 4.00pm
Telephone: 01292 616253
Emergency Services Monitoring Station (Out Of Hours): 0300 123 0900