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Dangerous structures

Building Control has a responsibility to deal with dangerous buildings as they occur.
Dangerous Structure

Dangerous structures and public safety

Buildings may become gradually dangerous due to old age, deterioration or settlement, or by more dramatic causes such as storm, explosion, fire or impact by vehicles. If a building is in a dangerous condition, you can alert us to it by ringing us on the number below.

If it is considered that a building is immediately dangerous Building Control can require immediate evacuation and take any action necessary to protect the public and adjacent property. We will always try to contact the owner of the structure before taking these emergency measures. Such action may involve temporary road closure, barricading, shoring, scaffolding, repairs or demolition.

Where the building is not immediately dangerous the owner would receive a formal Building Notice requiring the property to be made safe within a stated time and, if satisfactory action is not taken, an Enforcement Order may be issued.

If this is not complied with, we can instruct all necessary works to make the building safe and recover expenses from the owner.

It is often possible to discuss a dangerous building with its owner in the hope that the matter can be resolved quickly without us instructing work.

Contact details

South Derbyshire District Council
Building Control Services
Civic Offices
Civic Way
Swadlincote
Derbyshire
DE11 0AH

Tel: 01283 228757
Fax: 01283 595850
Online: contact form
email: building.control@south-derbys.gov.uk

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