A Guide to Treating a Dangerous Structure
The Department of Dangerous Buildings operates under the By-Law of Jerusalem (Dangerous Buildings) 5741-1980
The role of the Department of Hazardous Structures:
- Locating dangerous buildings in the city and physically examining them.
- Giving notice to the owner and/or holders and guiding them in the treatment to remove the danger.\
- Preparation of material for the prosecution of those responsible, in cooperation with the Legal Bureau, if they do not take action to remove the danger as required by order and/or notice.
- Performing the removal of danger when it is not immediately possible to impose this obligation on the owner / holder of the property.
- Removing the danger when it is not immediately possible to impose this obligation on the owner/holder of the property.
The determination of a dangerous structure, as well as the level of danger, is determined by an engineer who deals with dangerous structures and should be called to inspect the structure. The following are the possibilities:
- May endanger
- Immediate danger
- Immediate collapse
Dangerous structure treatment process
A visit from a dangerous building engineer to the building.
Sending a notice according to law to the owner/holder of the property regarding the existence or non-existence of the danger, and instructions for carrying out the removal of the danger within a specified time.
The authority to demand that work be carried out to remove the danger is vested in the city engineer by transfer of responsibility from the Mayor.
Opening a "portfolio of dangerous buildings" in the Department - if the building has been defined as dangerous.
Work to remove the danger under the responsibility of the owner/holder of the property, by virtue of the Jerusalem By-Law (Dangerous Buildings), 5741, 1980.
In cases where there is a risk of immediate collapse, the Municipality is entitled to remove the hazard itself, and is also entitled to collect the execution expenses.
An engineer from the Department of Hazardous Structures will accompany the process of removing the danger, and will be in contact with the owner/holder of the property, and with the supervising engineer.
Completion of the work to remove the danger, and transfer of an affidavit from the engineer responsible on behalf of the owner/holder of the property, regarding the removal of the danger.
The closure of the "Dangerous Buildings File" opened in the Department, if the work to remove the danger, was carried out to the satisfaction of the Department and after receiving the said affidavit.
Any treatment of a hazardous structure, whether demolished or under construction, must be subject to a building permit in accordance with the law.
In order to remove a hazard/dangerous hazard, you must contact a qualified engineer registered in the Engineers' Register in the Building Section, to prepare a regulated plan for removing the hazard.
The work to remove the danger will be under the supervision of the engineer according to the plan to be determined in the building permit.
Failure to handle a dangerous structure will result in legal action.
Removing the danger in a dangerous structure is a common goal for us and you.
We wish you success and are at your service at all times.