This section tells you how to report a dangerous building or structure.
Assessment of dangerous structures
Building control will assess any building reported as dangerous. If there is a clear and present danger, we will contact the owner under Section 77 of the Building Act 1984 and agree a course of action.
Removing a dangerous structure
The owner must remove the danger by the agreed date. If this does not happen, we can apply to the magistrates’ court for an order.
If we find the danger is so great and the owners cannot act immediately, we can remove the danger under Section 78 of the Building Act 1984. All reasonable costs will be recovered from the building owner.
Buildings that look unsightly or dilapidated, but pose no safety risk, cannot be presented in a case for enforcement under Section 77 and 78 of the Building Act 1984.
Contact us about a dangerous structure
To report a dangerous structure, please contact customer services by:
Emails will be answered during working hours only, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding weekends and public holidays.