Dangerous Buildings

How to report dangerous buildings

How to report a Dangerous Building
To report a dangerous building during normal working hours please telephone 01546 605518 where you will be directed to the appropriate Building Standards Area Team.

Outwith office hours you should phone Police Scotland on 101.

The primary purpose of the Building Standards team is to ensure public safety.

It is the responsibility of Building Standards to ensure that any danger to the public caused by dangerous buildings is removed.
Buildings become dangerous for various reasons. The most common are:
  • building neglect coupled with the extreme age of structures,  
  • ground subsidence
  • storm damage
  • fire damage
  • vandalism

Where it appears to the Council that any building is dangerous to the extent that the safety of the public is at risk, powers exist under the Building ( Scotland) Act 2003, which enables the Council to require immediate evacuation and require, or itself take, action to either have the building made safe or have it demolished.

In the case of immediate danger, if the Council is obliged to take action to safeguard the public interest, all the costs incurred by, or on behalf of the Council are subsequently invoiced to the owners and are recovered as a debt.

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