responsibilities of Building Control
All local Authorities have a duty of care within their
Districts, for public safety arising from dangerous buildings or
Buildings may become dangerous due to general deterioration,
fire, structural failure, adverse weather conditions, explosion,
vehicle impact, etc. and in some cases require emergency measures
to be taken. North Worcestershire Building
Control operates an emergency service to advise building
owners, police and fire services on structural matters, following
reports of dangerous buildings. This service is carried out by
Building Control Officers in respect of all properties and
structures within the district.
Costs for any work undertaken by the Local Authority to remove
imminent dangers are recoverable from the building owners. It is
normal practice for Building Control to discuss the dangerous
structure with the owner in order to resolve the matter quickly,
but if necessary legal action would then be taken.
Demolitions are controlled under the Building Act 1984. Advice
and guidance will be given on any proposed demolition prior to a
formal notice being submitted. The demolition forms are available
at this link below or upon request. Method Statements will be
required with submitted Demolition Notices.
If the building is listed or is in a conservation area, consent
will also be required under the Planning (Listed Buildings and
Conservation Areas) Act 1990
Safety of sports grounds
Inspections of premises forming sports grounds, which fall
within legislation requirements, are carried out and reported upon.
The inspections are carried out for safety purposes, and relate to
all aspects concerning spectator safety, and form part of Police
and Fire Authority requirements.
Contravention and enforcement of the building regulations
The Local Authority has a general duty to enforce the Building
Regulations in its area and will seek to do so by informal means
wherever possible. However if a person contravenes the Building
Regulations, the Local Authority may decide to take legal action in
the magistrate's court where fines are levied and penalties are
enforced. Alternatively, or in addition, an enforcement notice
requiring the owner to remove or alter the contravention can also