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What are Dangerous Structures?

Where a building is in such a condition that it may put the public in danger, local authorities have legal powers under Section 78 of the Building Act 1984 to investigate and require the owners to make the building safe.

Typical examples of dangerous structures include:

  • buildings damaged by vehicle impact
  • buildings damaged by fire
  • walls leaning over or being unstable in areas where the general public have access - for example, near public highways
  • roof tiles being blown off in high winds onto the public highway
  • chimneys damaged by storms

Buildings that are simply dilapidated or run down would not necessarily be considered dangerous, but may be dealt with under separate legislation.

What Will we Do?

Stratford-on-Avon District Council's policy is to respond to the report of a potentially dangerous building or structure within a time period relative to the danger involved.

On arrival at the site, the officer will assess the building or structure and take any necessary details. They will then decide on the necessary course of action having regard for the Building Act 1984. The immediate safety of people in and around the building or structure is the prime consideration.

Report a Dangerous Structure

If you wish to report a potentially dangerous building or structure, please contact the Building Control team:

Contact: The Building Control team

Last updated on 21/01/2019