Dangerous structures

We respond to all reports of dangerous buildings, walls and structures

We try to inspect immediately any building or structure reported as being dangerous. These can be caused by general unstable condition, fire, gas explosion and many other factors.

If the building or structure poses a potential danger to the safety of people, we take the appropriate action to remove the danger. 

The owner of any building that becomes dangerous is responsible for all the costs involved in making the building safe. If we are unable to contact the owner at the time, the council may carry out the emergency works and claim the costs back from the owner.

To report a dangerous or dilapidated structure please contact us on:

(01226) 772678 - Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

24 hour answer phone: (01226) 772699

Or if considered to be an immediate danger: (01226) 775671

Email: buildingcontrol@barnsley.gov.uk

How to Pay - Information on the payment options available.

 

Demolitions

Highway engineers monitors demolition work to ensure public health and safety is maintained. Before a building or part of a building is demolished, the owner or the demolition contractor must serve a notice on the council, informing us of their intentions. Demolition may not start until we have given permission or a period of six weeks has elapsed.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Building Control deal with dangerous trees?

No. These are not classified as structures. The Parks department has powers to remove dangerous trees.

Who is responsible for undertaking work to remove a danger?

The owner of the property is responsible and Building Control will always attempt to get the owner to arrange for the works themselves, wherever possible. Where the owners cannot be contacted, or they are unable to arrange the works, Building Control will arrange for any immediate danger to be removed by their emergency contractor. The costs incurred are recharged to the owner of the property.

If your property is affected, you will firstly receive a letter outlining the natute and estimated cost of the works undertaken, which should always be forwarded to your insurance company. Once a final cost of the works has been established you will receive an invoice, containing details of how to pay.

What powers does the council have?

We have powers to protect the public from dangerous buildings or structures under Sections 77 and 78 of The Building Act 1984.

What will the Building Control surveyor do?

On receipt of a report, a surveyor will visit the site to inspect the structure, decide whether there is a danger, and if so, whether it is potentially or immediately dangerous. If the structure is considered potentially dangerous, the owner of the property will be located and requested to arrange for the structure to be removed or repaired within a reasonable time. Failure to do so will see court action being taken. Barriers are sometimes required around the dangerous structure.

If the structure is considered immediately dangerous and likely to collapse, the surveyor will arrange for a builder to remove or repair the structure as soon as possible; normally on the same day. The builder's costs are recoverable from the owner of the property.

If your property is affected, you will firstly receive a letter outlining the natute and estimated cost of the works undertaken, which should always be forwarded to your insurance company. Once a final cost of the works has been established you will receive an invoice, containing details of how to pay.

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