Section 77/78 Building Notice charges £22,000 – HELP!!

Hi is there anyone who can help or know anyone who can help, please?

Building control contacted me on the 16th March 2020 because the gable end of a property I own that is adjacent to a road had moved and had become potentially dangerous.

 I quickly found local contractors to bring the wall down and rebuild it. For some unknown reason, the building control officer told me in a private phone conversation not to use the contractor who was due to rebuild the wall. After that, it seemed almost impossible to find someone to undertake the work and I was repeatedly let down by contractors. 

On 08/07/2020 I revived a Section 77 Notice to complete the necessary works, shortly after that the council erected scaffolding to support the gable end and traffic lights to manage the road. Eventually, I found a contractor prepared to undertake the work and the wall was brought down at the end of May 2021.

I have since received an invoice from the Council for £22,000 for the scaffolding and traffic lights!

Is there any way I can get this reduced??



  • Speedster2
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    Have you got legal assistance with your home insurance? If you have you’d better get some dialogue going with them. What period do the charges cover and will this be a recurring charge? Only the council Building Control department will be able to tell you if they will give some kind of discount.
  • Thanks for your speedy response. The property is derelict and I didn't have insurance. the charging period was from 08/07/20 till 01/06/21.
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