Dangerous buildings and demolition

Dangerous buildings  

Dangerous buildings are controlled by the Council under Sections 77 and 78 of the Building Act 1984.  

If the building or structure poses a potential danger to the safety of people, we take the appropriate action to remove the danger. We have legal powers to require the owners of buildings or structures to remedy the defects or we direct our contractors to carry out works to make the building or structure safe. In addition, we provide advice to the Fire Brigade and Police in cases of potentially unsafe structures.  

Reporting a dangerous building

You can contact Building Control, during office hours by telephoning 01695 585180.


Under Section 80 of the Building Act 1984 anyone intending to carry out demolition work is required to notify the Council. This generally applies to the demolition of any building or part of a building greater than 50 cubic metres.  

Notice of demolition  

Notice should be given in writing.  

It should include details of the building to which it relates and the works of demolition intended to be carried out. The Council then has six weeks to respond with appropriate notices and consultation under Sections 81 and 82 of the Act. This process normally only takes a few days.  

Demolition works may impact on wildlife in and around buildings.