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Report dangerous structures

We have powers to carry out remedial action to deal with any structure that is judged to be in a dangerous condition.

This may be as a result of a variety of causes, for example vandalism, adverse weather conditions, fire, explosion, vehicle impact or through lack of maintenance.

If the building or structure poses an imminent danger to public safety then we will take the necessary action to remove the danger and this applies to all buildings and structures whether publicly or privately owned.


Issues you can report to us

Irrespective of private or public ownership, we respond to reports of the following:

Dangerous structures

  • any masonry boundary wall or retaining wall adjacent to the highway or areas to which the general public have access,

  • masonry walls greater than 1.5m height, or walls retaining more than 1.5m at any other location, for example private rear garden walls,

  • any external parts of, or the whole of a building or structure that has the potential to cause harm to the general public, for example loose slates, tiles or gutters that may fall into the street

Dangerous trees

Trees which may cause damage to persons or property.

Dangerous environments

These include unoccupied premises, not secured against unauthorised access or likely to become a danger to public health.


Issues we don't deal with

We do not deal with issues that are outside these parameters, for example:

  • timber fences

  • site hoardings

  • domestic garden sheds

  • similar structures

  • external parts of a building or structure that would fall into private rear gardens.


Report a dangerous structure

Building Standards respond to reports on a 24 hour, 365 days a year.

Contact us between 8:30am and 5.00pm Monday - Friday
Telephone:  0114 2734170

Outside of these hours contact:

  • South Yorkshire Police call 101 (The Police Non-Emergency Number) 

  • South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service on 0114 2727202

  • Modified: Dec 16, 2015 12:38:14 PM