Buildings or structures considered to be dangerous can be reported to Building Control.

We will visit the site to assess the danger. If we consider that a danger does exist, but not of an absolutely immediate nature, then we will contact the owners and agree a course of action. This will set a time by which to make the building or structure safe or to remove the danger.

In some circumstances we may apply to the Magistrates Court for an order requiring the owner to do the work.

If we find the situation to be so dangerous that matters cannot wait, and the owners cannot do something immediately, we have the powers to make safe or remove the danger, with all reasonable costs recovered from the Building Owner.

Please note that the building/structure must pose a safety risk in order for Building Control to present a case for enforcement under Section 77 and 78 of the Building Act 1984. An empty building, open to access or in an unsightly or ruinous condition may not be considered to pose such a risk.

Report a dangerous structure

Between 8am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday contact Building Control on telephone 0191 278 7878 and ask for Building Control or by email to

Outside of these hours, weekends and bank holidays a stand by service operates to respond to emergency situations. Please telephone Newcastle Civic Centre 0191 278 7878 and your report will be passed to the Public Safety and Regulation Standby Officer.

Council Tenants should contact Your Homes Newcastle to reports possible dangerous issues to their homes. If you have an emergency between the hours of 6pm and 8am you can contact the Repair Call telephone number 0191 2778888.

Page last updated: 
15 January 2015
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