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 that are simply dilapidated or run down would not necessarily be considered dangerous, but may be dealt with under separate legislation.
If there is no risk to public safety, the council will not take any action – for example, leaning garden walls in private property to which the public have no access.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council's policy is to respond to the report of a potentially dangerous building or structure within one hour during working hours, and two hours out of hours. This is measured from the point of first contact with the Building Control service to the arrival of an officer at the incident.
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.
If you wish to report a potentially dangerous building or structure, please contact the Building Control team: