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Dangerous and Defective Buildings

Dangerous and Defective Buildings

There are occasions when public safety may become jeopardised by the condition of a building or buildings. As the Council is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the requirements of Sections 25-30 of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 with regard to compliance, enforcement, defective and dangerous buildings, we are committed to treating any report of a possible dangerous structure as a priority issue.

There may be occasions when it is brought to our attention that a building does not comply with the relevant building regulations.  In this case we can serve a compliance notice under Sections 25 & 26 of the above Act.  Similarly, if we are made aware that works have been carried out without a building warrant, or that works were undertaken otherwise than in accordance with any approved building warrant, than an enforcement notice under Section 27 can be served.

If a building is showing signs of defect, then a notice under Section 28 can be served in order to bring that building into a reasonable state of repair having regard to its age, type and location.

However, if you see a building or structure that you think might pose an immediate danger to to its occupants or to the general public, please report it to the Building Standards Team who are available 9am - 5pm Monday-Friday.  Emergency situations requiring Council Services during out of hours or at weekends/public holidays can be reported on 01259 450000.

What Happens Next

If immediate action is required to safeguard the occupants of a building or the general public, the Service will take whatever action is deemed necessary to remove the danger under Sections 29 & 30. If practical the building owner(s) will be contacted and given the opportunity to undertake these works. However, there will be occasions when this is not possible and the Building Standards Team will instruct a contractor to either undertake the work or secure the site to prevent access to and/or around the affected property. If a contractor is appointed to undertake the works we will inform the owner(s) of any action taken and re-charge all costs.

If the danger still exists following the immediate action above, or in cases where no immediate action was required, Building Standards will serve a Dangerous Buildings Notice on the owner(s) of the property. This Notice would describe any works to be taken and would require the owner(s) to commence and complete such works to remove the danger within specific time periods. If these time periods are not met and the danger still exists the Council will appoint a contractor to undertake the relevant work and again all costs will be recharged to the property owner(s).

Below are indices of of all notices serviced under Sections 25-30 of the Building (Scotland) Act 2003.  Where there is no register showing, then no notices have been served. 

Sections 29 & 30 - Dangerous Buildings Public Register

Section 28 - Defective Buildings Public Register


For Further Information Contact

Building Standards
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000