Dangerous structures and public safety

In addition to administering the Building Regulations our Building Control Service has a responsibility and statutory function to investigate and deal with dangerous buildings as they occur. 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.

The high winds experienced over the last few years have caused considerable structural damage across the Borough resulting in many incidents requiring attendance by Building Control Surveyors.

Older structures have proved to be particularly vulnerable although we are pleased to note the more recent construction in accordance with current regulations has performed well.

All buildings which appear to be dangerous should be reported to the Council who will treat the matter with the utmost urgency.

If it is considered that a building is immediately dangerous Building Standards 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, Bury 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 Bury Council instructing work on a private property.

How to report a dangerous structure

If you think that a structure presents an immediate danger to life or limb, please phone:

  • During office hours (8.45 am to 5 pm)
    Phone the Building Control Service helpline 0161 253 5313.

  • Out of office hours (before 8.45 am or after 5 pm)
    Phone our Emergency Services 0161 253 6606

How to report a building or structure that doesn't pose an immediate danger

Buildings or structures that don't post an immediate danger can be reported here.

Report a dangerous building