Online forms: Dangerous structures

Buildings can become dangerous at any time and for a variety of reasons. Ranging from settlement or old age, vehicle impact, vandalism or design defects, to more dramatic causes such as fire, explosion or storm damage. In order to deal with this a Building Control Surveyor is on call day and night.

What is a Dangerous Structure?

The term 'dangerous structure' covers buildings or parts of buildings i.e. loose slates or tiles, as well as garden walls, fences or hoardings. In fact, any structure which could endanger somebody because of its condition.

Dangerous structures fall into two categories:

  • Imminently: structures which are at risk of collapse and must be secured for public safety. The owner will normally be recharged for emergency works carried out in these cases.
  • Hazardous: structures deemed unstable after a survey but not imminently dangerous. In these cases the owner is given reasonable time to remove the danger. Failure to respond may result in a Magistrates Court Order being obtained.

How do I report a Dangerous Structure?

You can report the dangerous structure directly to Building Control, either in person, by telephone or by completing this form. 

To report a dangerous structure:

  • During normal working hours: 9am - 5pm- Telephone 01925 442554
  • Outside of normal working hours - Telephone 01925 443322

Please note this form is not suitable for reporting dangerous structures that require an immediate response as it may take up to 48 hours for your report to be processed.

To use this form you will need to tell us

  • Your name and contact details
  • Nature of danger
  • Level of danger
  • The address of the dangerous structure