We have a responsibility to 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. All buildings that appear to be dangerous should be reported to us, we will treat the matter with the utmost urgency.
If it is considered that a building is immediately dangerous we 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.
The council are permitted to recover the costs associated with any such measures undertaken in an emergency from the owner of the building.
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, the 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 the council instructing work on a private property.
Report a dangerous structure
Building Control Surveyors are available 24/7 to respond to Dangerous structures.
The out of hours contact phone number is 0191 427 7000
Where the property is in council ownership or is managed by South Tyneside Homes action will be taken by staff other than Building Control and the relevant landlord should be the first point of contact.