Dangerous structures

If a structure is dangerous, we have a duty to make is safe.

We will do this in the shortest possible time.

To report dangerous structures please call:

Buildings can become dangerous for many reasons including:

  • settlement or old age
  • vehicle impact
  • vandalism
  • design defects
  • fire
  • explosion
  • storm damage

Buildings can become dangerous at any time.

We operate a 24 hour call out service.

Dangerous structures fall into two categories:

Imminently dangerous

Structures which are at risk of imminent collapse and must be secured for public safety.

There is usually a charge to the owner for emergency works carried out.

Hazardous structures which are unstable but are not imminently dangerous

We will give the owner a reasonable amount of time to remove the danger.

Failure to respond may result in a Magistrates Court Order being obtained.

We work with:

  • Police
  • Fire Brigade
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Environment Agency

All buildings which appear to be dangerous should be reported to us.

We will treat the matter with the utmost urgency.

If a building is imminently dangerous, we can request immediate evacuation.

We can request, or take, any action necessary to protect the public.

Such action may involve:

  • temporary road closures
  • barricading
  • shoring
  • scaffolding
  • repairs
  • demolition

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