Reporting a dangerous structure
Telephone: 01453 754 871 during office hours. Out of hours emergencies must be reported through message link: telephone:01453 222 104.
Telephone: 01453 754 871 during office hours. Out of office hours emergencies must be reported though the emergency call centre on: 01452 396 220.
Where a building or structure is in such a condition that it may place people in danger; the Council have legal powers to investigate, and to require that it be made safe. Typical examples would be walls which are leaning or unstable and loose roof tiles.
In order to be considered dangerous, a building or structure must actually pose a threat of causing harm to a person. Buildings which are dilapidated would not necessarily therefore be considered dangerous, and minor items (damaged timber fencing panels for example) are also unlikely to qualify.
Where a dangerous building or structure is investigated, the action that is required will usually take one of two forms:
- If the building or structure is considered so dangerous that we consider immediate action necessary, after serving the appropriate notice, we will employ contractors to make it safe straightaway. In many cases this may take the form of fencing-off the affected area to allow remedial work to be carried out later by the owner.
- Where the building is considered dangerous – but not immediately so, we will normally try to contact the owner and require that the work be made safe within a reasonable period of time. If the owner fails to do so, we can apply to a Magistrate's Court for an order allowing us to do so instead.
Note that in both cases we can only require the minimum amount of work necessary to make the building or structure safe, and we will attempt to recover any costs we incur in doing so from the building owner.
Investigating reported dangerous structures
Our aims are to:
- Investigate reported dangerous structures within 24 hours (2 hours where reported by the emergency services)
- Ensure buildings and structures are made safe and their condition does not put at risk or cause injury to members of the public