Dangerous Structures

The term 'dangerous structure' covers buildings (or parts of buildings), garden walls, fences or hoardings - in fact any built structure that because of its condition could endanger the public.

How do I report a dangerous building or structure?

You need to report the problem directly to CNC Building Control. They can require the owner of the dangerous structure to make it safe or, in an emergency, take direct action to remove the danger under powers contained in Sections 77 and 78 of The Building Act 1984.

This service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If I own a dangerous building or structure, what will the building control officer do?

A building control officer will visit the site to inspect the structure and arrange for the appropriate action to be taken to maintain public safety.

If the structure is considered potentially dangerous, you will be contacted and asked to arrange for removal of it or for repairs to be carried out. A letter to confirm what action is needed and by when will be sent to you.

If the structure is considered to be in imminent danger of collapse or part of it has already collapsed, the building control officer will require action in removing the danger. If you as the owner are unavailable, unable or unwilling to arrange for the danger to be removed, the officer will arrange for the council's contractor to take the minimum action necessary to remove the danger. This action can often involve putting up barriers or fencing to keep people away from the dangerous area until a more permanent solution is found. All actions taken will be confirmed in writing and if available, you will be advised of the likely cost involved.