Environmental Protection - Boarding Up Premises

Dangerous Structures, Public Safety And Boarding Up Of Empty Properties

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.

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If it is considered that a building is immediately dangerous Building Control can require immediate evacuation and require, or take, any action necessary to protect the public and adjacent property. 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 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, the Council 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 the Council instructing work on a private property.

All buildings which appear to be dangerous should be reported to the Council, who will treat the matter with the utmost urgency.  In the first instance, reports should be made to the Council's Building Control Team.

Environmental Protection have discretionary powers under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, which allow undertaking of any works they deem necessary to prevent a building from becoming a danger to public health or to prevent unauthorised entry and can recover expenses/costs in doing so.