A building control officer will visit the site to inspect the structure and arrange for the appropriate action to be taken to maintain public safety.
If the structure is considered potentially dangerous, the owner of the building or structure will be contacted and asked to arrange for removal of it or for repairs to be carried out. A letter to confirm what action is needed and by when will be sent to you.
If the structure is considered to be in imminent danger of collapse or part has already collapsed, the building control officer will try to contact the owner of the building or structure to request their urgent action in removing the danger. If the owner is unavailable, unable or unwilling to arrange for the danger to be removed, the officer will arrange for the council's contractor to take the minimum action necessary to remove the danger. This action can often involve putting up barriers or fencing to keep people away from the dangerous area until a more permanent solution is found. All actions taken will be confirmed in writing and if available, the owner will be advised of the likely cost involved.
Where the danger is such that a building becomes uninhabitable we can arrange for a housing officer to contact you regarding temporary accommodation.