Dangerous structures

If a building presents an urgent danger or threat to life, please call us immediately on 01275 884 550.

Buildings or structures, such as garden walls, fencing or hoardings, can become dangerous as a result of poor maintenance, fire, storm, vehicle impact or explosion.

Where the condition of a building or structure presents a significant and imminent danger to the public, we can require the owner to make it safe or, in an emergency, take action to remove the danger under powers contained in Sections 77 and 78 of the Building Act 1984.

What to do if you think a structure is dangerous

You need to report the problem to us. We are here to help and ensure the safety of the public when a dangerous structure or building is identified. Our inspectors can offer advice and guidance to property owners.

What we can do

An inspector will inspect the structure. If it is considered potentially dangerous, the owner will be asked to remove it or carry out repairs. A letter to confirm what action is needed and by when will be sent to the owner.

If the owner is unable or unwilling to remove the danger, we will carry out the necessary work ourselves. This might mean putting up barriers to keep people away from the area until a more permanent solution is found. Any work we carry out will be confirmed in writing and the owner will be informed of the likely cost.

How much it will cost

We have the powers to charge for dangerous structure services and may recover all reasonable costs. All charges will be the responsibility of the owner of the building or structure.

North Somerset Building Control