Dangerous structures and public safety
What is a Dangerous Structure?
It is a building, or part of a building, or a structure that is in such a condition that it is dangerous and poses a risk to members of the public. It can also be a building or structure that is overloaded.
This means that there are a lot of situations that could be considered a Dangerous Structure. The list below includes some of the more common Dangerous Structures:
- Loose tiles or slates
- Loose guttering or down pipes
- Loose brickwork in a wall
- Leaning garden walls, retaining walls or fences
- Broken glass in windows (particularly where over a footpath)
- A car has driven in to the front of a building.
- A fire damaged building
- A bus stop that has been driven into
What can the Council do about a Dangerous Structure?
The Council has the power under sections 77 and 78 of the Building Act 1984 to require the owner of the building or structure to carry out such work as is necessary to remove the danger.
One of the Council's Building Control Surveyors will visit the site on receiving the report and review the alleged dangerous structure, and will either:
- contact the owner requesting that they carry out the necessary work within an agreed time frame, or,
- authorise immediate emergency action to remove the danger.
The Council is only responsible for ensuring that the danger is removed or eliminated, it is not responsible for clearing up or making good. This means that the Council is not responsible for ensuring the weathertightness or security of a building where part of a wall or roof is removed as part of removing a Dangerous Structure.
The Council can recover reasonable costs that are incurred, from the owner.
What to do if you suspect a Dangerous Structure
If you think that a building or structure is in a condition as to be dangerous and poses a risk to members of the public, please call the Council's on 01732 844522