Dangerous buildings

The Council respond to all reports of dangerous buildings, walls and structures within the areas of Blackburn with Darwen and Burnley Borough councils on a 24 hour, 365 day a year basis.

Dangerous buildings or structures can be caused by things such as a general decay or collapse, fire, an accident involving a vehicle(s) or a gas explosion.

Dangerous buildings are controlled by the Council under sections 77 and 78 of the Building Act 1984.

How to report a dangerous building

If you believe a building or structure poses an immediate risk to public safety, you can contact us in the following ways:

  • Please call Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council: this line is available from 08:30-17:00. You can also call the out of hours line on 07970 841192
  • Please call Burnley Borough Council: this line is available from 08:30-17:00. You can also call the out of hours line on 01254 356535.

To help us respond effectively to your report of an unsafe or dangerous building please have the following information available:

  • house or building no.
  • street name
  • town
  • nature of problem
  • your contact name and telephone number (this will be kept confidential).