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Dangerous Buildings and Structures

The removal or Demolition of a building or structure that is larger than 50m³, requires notification to the Local authority under Section 80 of the Building Act 1984. The removal or demolition of a building or structure may also require Planning Consent, please see the Planning section of the website. Other legislation may also have implications e.g. Conservation (Natural Habitats &c) Regulations 2010 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). You are required to notify the Neighbours, Local Authority and service providers before commencing any demolition works. Informing any neighbours is also required under the Party Wall Act 1996.

Demolition Notice

A Demolition Notice or Section 80 Notice is a written statement to the local authority informing them of your intent and should include:

  • A clear Ordnance Survey map showing the site and building being removed, 
  • Your contact details ( name address and phone number ) 
  • The details of who will be demolishing the building ( contractor name and phone number ). 

 This should be submitted no less than 6 weeks prior to your intended commencement date.

The Local Authority have no more than 6 weeks to provide written acceptance of the notification, a Section 81 counter Notice. You may commence demolition if you receive our acceptance or Section 81 counter Notice prior to the end of the 6 week period. As part of our acceptance specific conditions relating to the demolition may be included.

Hazardous substances

Vacant and derelict buildings can contain various hazardous substances, including asbestos, those associated with past activities on site including wastes and fly-tipped materials. It is important that hazardous substances are properly managed and dealt with appropriately.

Further advice is available from Health and Safety Executive; Environment Agency and Dudley Councils’ Land Contamination Team

Dangerous Structures

What is a dangerous building or structure?

The term 'dangerous structure' covers buildings or parts of buildings. It also includes garden walls, fences or hoardings, in fact any built structure that because of its condition could endanger the public

Under the provisions of Sections 77 and 78 Building Act 1984 the local authority has the power to ‘make safe’ buildings, structures or parts of buildings or structures that are considered to be dangerous.

What makes buildings or structures dangerous?

Buildings, like people, suffer from an ageing process, which can result in the structure becoming weaker. Buildings or structures can become dangerous as a result of poor maintenance, fire, storm, vehicle impact or explosion.

For a structure or building to be deemed dangerous it would need to pose a risk of injury or death to the public

What do you do if you think a building or structure is dangerous?

You need to report the problem using the contact details below, the following information should be included:

  • Your name 

  • Your contact details 

  • Your relationship to the works 

  • The address of the location of the works 

  • A description of the works being undertaken 

  • Builders details if known 

 In an effort to avoid malicious reports your contact details are requested. These remain confidential; you generally will not be contacted by the department unless the works have an effect upon yourself.

  • Planning Help Desk
    Building Control, Planning and Economic Development, Directorate of Place, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1HL

    Form: Building Control - Request a Site Inspection
    Telephone: 01384 814136
    Out of Hours Telephone: 01384 814136 (24 hours)
    Fax: 01384 814126

    Opening Hours

    Monday to Friday, 8:45 am to 5:00pm, please note that the offices are closed at weekends and Bank Holidays.