Report a dangerous structure
A dangerous building or structure is one that is liable to collapse.
Reports of potentially dangerous buildings are investigated as soon as a surveyor is available.
Our duty is the protection of the public. We can deal with a building that is an immediate danger, if it is in a location to which the public have access, and the owner is unable to do so.
If the structure is considered to be dangerous the owner will be contacted and served with an informal notice requesting them to remove the danger within a specified time, normally 14 to 28 days.
If the owner fails to take any action within the period of the notice the Authority has powers to carry out any works that may be required to make the structure safe or commence court proceedings to request the owner to do so. If another body should deal with the danger, for example Street Services or the Health and Safety Executive, we will inform them.
Reporting a dangerous structure
If you consider the dangerous structure you are about to report to be an immediate problem or hazard, please phone Waltham Forest Direct on 020 8496 3000 providing us with:
- Your name
- Telephone number
- Location of building or structure (Please be as detailed as possible)
- Description of danger and any additional information
What happens next?
A dangerous structure surveyor will, within 2 hours of a report, investigate the reported structure and take steps to have any danger removed.
This is an emergency service. As with the Police, Fire Brigade and Ambulance Service it should not be abused.
Matters, which do not pose a threat to the general public, should not be reported as dangerous buildings or structures.