Building standards and public safety

How to report a dangerous building and safety information about other buildings and structures.

Report a dangerous building

You can report a dangerous building or structure directly to us 24 hours a day.

Contact Customer Services Monday to Friday between 8:45am and 1pm excluding public holidays.

Contact Building Standards at all other times.

What is a dangerous building?

A building is a danger to members of the public and includes:

  • loose or falling roof tiles
  • walls or fences that are in danger of collapse
  • unstable chimneys
  • larger buildings that become unstable

Temporary raised structures

We check raised structures are safe and secure. It must have a safe entry, exit and escape route in an emergency situation.

Temporary raised structures are defined as: a platform, stand, staging or other similar structure, which provides seating or standing space and is 600mm or more above ground level.

Do I need to apply for permission for a temporary raised structure?

You don't need to apply for permission if:

  • a building warrant has been approved for the building
  • scaffolding or similar equipment is used in the building works

Apply for a temporary raised structure

Icon for pdf Download an application form for a temporary raised structure [304.9KB].

Completed forms should be emailed to

Licensing inspection

We carry out inspections at licensed premises to make sure there's:

  • a means of escape
  • emergency lighting
  • toilet and washing facilities
  • access for the disabled
  • occupant capacity
  • structural stability

Building standards certificate

The licensing board looks at applications for premises where alcohol will be sold for:

  • drinking on premises
  • drinking off premises
  • drinking both on and off premises

Apply for a building standards certificate

Icon for pdf Download an application for a building standards certificate [275.11KB].

Email Building Standards with completed forms.

Last modified on 25 May 2021