220 Parnell St / Ryders Row Dublin 1

‘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.

From January 2016 DCC Dangerous Buildings Section will publish a list of all DB.1. Notices issued within the previous calendar month.

 DB1 Notices issued in January were as follows:


12.01.2016 – 34 Dolphin’s Barn Street, D8

Removed broken sash from first floor level window opening


12.01.2016 – 184 James Street, D8

Re-secured collapsed hoarding


12.01.2016 – 24 Reuben Street, D8

Removed broken glass to front first floor windows


12.01.2016 – 37 Thomas Court, D8

Secured front ground floor level opening


20.01.2016 – 220 Parnell Street / Ryders Row, Dublin 1

Removed apex at gable wall and roof structure, then secured area below with heras fencing.


To report a dangerous building:

Call (01) 670 7316 (24 hours)

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