Dangerous structures

Dangerous or unstable buildings are a threat to public safety, and need to be reported to our building control team.

If a building presents an urgent danger or threat to life, please call us immediately on the number below.

Emergency repairs

If a structure presents an immediate threat to public safety, the council has powers to take action. Costs for these actions will be recovered from the owner of the property.

Standard actions

In non-urgent circumstances, the council can serve the owner of an unsafe property with a court order requiring them to either demolish or make the structure safe again. 

As a rule, we prefer to work with owners to remediate structures in an amicable way.

However, if the structure is listed or in a conservation area, the council's conservation powers will apply, which may or may not include a compulsory purchase order or other action.