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Dangerous and defective buildings

It is the responsibility of the building owner(s) to maintain it in a good state of repair and address any problems that may occur for instance as the result of extreme weather conditions. However, there are cases where owners fail to take appropriate steps or when emergency action is required.

Report a dangerous or defective building

Our Building Standards team provide a 24 hour call-out service to the police and fire services where advice is required on the condition of buildings in an emergency.

To report a dangerous or defective building during office hours (9am to 5pm) please call your local area office. If the issue cannot wait until the next day, to report it outwith office hours please call the emergency call centre on 03456 08 12 07.
Please do not report potentially dangerous buildings by email as your email may not be picked up until the next working day.

Dealing with dangerous buildings

The Building (Scotland) Act 2003 gives the council powers to deal with buildings which pose a danger to the public or which have been neglected. These powers range from:

  • discussing with an owner what must be done to repair the building
  • serving a notice on an owner requiring work to be done
  • ordering evictions
  • undertaking work to secure or prevent access to the building or site
  • to demolishing buildings in cases where the danger is immediate

The costs of any action by the council in dealing with dangerous or defective building are recovered from the owner(s) of the building.

What happens after reporting the issue

We will take any necessary action to make safe any buildings or part of a building which has become dangerous. If practical we will contact the building owner(s) and give them the chance to undertake the required works. There will be occasions however when this is not possible. In such cases we will instruct a contractor to either undertake the work or secure the site to prevent access to or around the affected property. Where the operations are carried out by our contractor, the costs incurred will be recovered from the owners.

If immediate action is not required, we may serve a Dangerous or Defective Buildings Notice on the owner(s) of the property. This notice requires the owner(s) to commence and complete such operations as are necessary to remove the danger within specific time periods. If these time periods are not met or the danger still exists the council will appoint a contractor to undertake the relevant work and again all costs will be met by the property owner(s).