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Dangerous Structures

Building Standards has a responsibility to deal with dangerous buildings as they occur.

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Buildings may become gradually dangerous due to old age, deterioration or settlement, or by more dramatic causes such as storm,  fire or impact by vehicles. All buildings which appear to be dangerous should be reported to us and we will treat the matter with the utmost urgency.

Building owners are responsible for preventing their buildings falling into a dangerous condition. The powers given to local authorities do not diminish this responsibility but are merely a 'safety net' that must be used to protect the public when it appears to a local authority that, for whatever reason, a building owner has failed in the duty to fulfil this responsibility. If the council require to carry out works to demolish / or make safe any building we will recover from the owner of the dangerous building any expenses incurred by it in doing so.

If you are concerned regarding the condition of a building, it should be reported to Building Standards for appropriate action. The council can be contacted 24 hours a day on 01506 280000.