‘Dangerous Buildings’ is a statutory section within DCC, under the direction of the City Architect, which is concerned with buildings, structures or sites deemed a danger to the public. It operates under the remit of the Local Government (Sanitary Services) Act 1964 as amended.
‘Dangerous Buildings’ work includes monitoring, inspecting, reporting, removing or making safe any building or structure perceived to be a danger within the Dublin City Council area. A team of four DB Inspectors monitor and respond to reports on a day-to-day basis. We do not take action under DB legislation without proper and expert consideration. This will range from undertaking structural engineering surveys and obtaining detailed Conservation Officer advice where appropriate. We will always look to undertake the least invasive works in making a structure safe and only undertake demolition in whole or in part when absolutely necessary. It is also important to emphasise that, under the DB legislation, we cannot undertake remedial works to a property beyond ‘making safe’.
DB Notices are issued to the owners of properties advising necessary remedial action or, as a last resort, taking immediate action to remove danger and making safe. These Notices take the form of:
DB.3 (black) – requires the owner of the property to carry out the described works necessary within 28 days;
DB.2 (green) – requires the owner of the property to carry out the described works necessary within 14 days;
DB.1 (red) – enables the DB Inspector to access the site with the necessary equipment and personnel to immediately make safe and eliminate danger at the property or structure. DCC DB will look to recoup any costs associated with the works from the owner on completion.
Following on from the 2016 series of notices. DB1 notices issued in April 2017 are as follows:
03.2017 – 9 Little Britain Street, D7. Protected Structure
Front ground floor door & rear window open to entry, re-secured doors and windows.
04.2017 – 74 Clarence Mangan Road, D8
Open to entry, re-secured doors and windows.
04.2017 – 31 Great Western Villas, D7.
Cast iron gutter at risk of falling onto pedestrian pathway, removed said guttering.
04.2017 – 18 Sherrard Street Upper, D1. Protected Structure.
Hoarding blown down, site open to entry. Removed hoarding from public footpath & carriageway, res-ecured site.