Dangerous Structures

Dangerous Structures

Under The Local Government (Sanitary Services) Act, 1964 the local authority are responsible for dealing with dangerous structures in their area.

 The Local Government (Sanitary Services) Act, 1964 defines a dangerous structure as :

  1. any building, wall or other structure of any kind or
  2. any part of, or anything attached to a building, wall or other structures of any kind that, in the opinion of the sanitary authority in whose sanitary district it is situate, is or is likely to be dangerous to any person or property. 

 

The Act imposes duties on the Local Authority to :

  • Maintain a Dangerous Structures Register.
  • Make the Register available for public inspection.
  • Serve a Notice on the owner/occupier specifying works to be carried out within specified timescale
  • Acquire by agreement or compulsorily purchase any dangerous site

 

Regulations Regarding Dangerous Structures

There are specific regulations about dangerous structures. The local authority can direct that work (including the demolition of the structure and the clearing of the site) be carried out immediately if it considers it necessary. It may also require that all use of the dangerous structure be stopped. In certain cases, the local authority can direct the occupier of a dangerous structure to leave and remove all his or her property. This is done in the interests of the occupier's safety.

You are required by law to make sure your property does not contain any dangerous structures. If it does, you must take steps to remedy the situation. Otherwise, you are liable for prosecution by your local authority

Reports of dangerous structures are investigated, the ownership is established and the owner is written to. If you have a query relating to a Dangerous Structure please contact the Planning Section 042 9324153/4169 or e-mail planning@louthcoco.ie


Derelict Sites

Derelict sites can have a negative impact on the social, economic, commercial and visual aspects on an area and surrounding neighbourhood.  It is important that they are reported, investigated and rendered non-derelict. Under The Derelict Sites Act, 1990 the local authority has an obligation to eliminate and/or prevent dereliction.

 

Prevention & Control

The Derelict Sites Act requires that the owner and occupier of land ensure that the land or structures do not become or do not continue to be a derelict site.

The Act defines a Derelict Site as any land which detracts, or is likely to detract, to a material degree from the amenity, character or appearance of land in the neighbourhood of the land in question because of;

  1. structures which are in a ruinous, derelict or dangerous condition, or
  2. the neglected, unsightly or objectionable condition of the land or structures, or
  3. the presence, deposit or collection of litter, rubbish, debris or waste.

 

The Act imposes duties on the Local Authority to:

  • Maintain a Derelict Sites Register.
  • Make the Register available for public inspection.
  • Serve a Notice on the owner/occupier specifying works to be carried out to prevent or stop dereliction.
  • Acquire by agreement or compulsorily purchase any derelict site.
  • Impose an annual levy on any derelict site in an urban area, based on 3% of its valuation.

 

Reports of dereliction are investigated, the ownership is established and the owner is written to. If you have a query relating to a Derelict Site please contact the Planning Section 042 9324153/4169  e-mail planning@louthcoco.ie