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Health and Safety, Fire Assesments, Food Safety Training and Audits 


Pub condition surveys by Derby Surveyors and Environtmental Health Specialists

If you are buyings or leasing a Pub in Derby or Derbyshire then good advice before purchasing or leasing a property can save a lot of money and help make the business a success. Steve Butler surveying and environmental health staff have over twenty five years experience of dealing with business property including Public Houses.


Why have a public house survey or schedule of condition report?

Pub leases invariably make the tenant responsible for keeping the property in good repair. Derbyshire pubs are often old buildings that are wearing out and past tenants who have little vested in the property will try and avoid repairs to save costs. Unscrupulous landlords will charge the past tenant for not doing the repairs but then not undertake them leaving the new tenant to pick up the repair bill and put up with the disruption. A schedule of condition attached to the lease can be used to exclude liability for these repairs saving a lot of maintenance and repair bills.

What about staff and public health and safety in pubs?

As the occupier of the property you will be responsible for looking after your staff and visitors to the property. Steve Butler can undertake a Health and Safety audit and provide Health and Safety training to ensure that your staff are fully aware of their responsibilite and how to mitigate risk. We can write a Health and Safety manual to ensure that staff understand procedures, rules and responsibilities.

What about your pubs Score on the Door?


All pubs are subject to frequent inspection by the Environmental Health Officer so why not use it to the business advantage?

All food business are given a rating by the Environmental Health Officer from zero stars to five stars. A satisfactory inspection by the Environmental Health Officer can result in a five star rating. Being able to display five stars on the door can be a confidence boost for your potential customers.

Get a five star scores on the doors rating for your pub food business

Steve Butler can give all kinds of advice and training on Food Safety, write a Food Safety procedures manual and arrange mock audits so that you are prepared for a visit by the Environmental Health Officer. A bad report by the Environmental Health Officer can result in closure of the business, expenses, adverse newspaper articles and loss of customer confidence.


Derby Pub Surveyors Report on a Derbyshire Pub 

Extracts from an actual report

Chimney stacks               

No significant defects noted.

Roof coverings 

No significant defects noted.

A small number of tiles are missing/ broken from the various roof faces.

Mortar has come loose behind the parapet wall above the cellar.

Rainwater pipes and gutters     

The gutter on the cellar is actively leaking into the head of the wall due to a hole in it. The downpipe on the utility room is broken and could allow water to saturate the wall. The rainwater goods are mainly of cast iron construction and likely to be life expired. They should be monitored for fractures and corrosion.

The gutters require clearing and the falls correcting particular on the rear elevation of the main building where they are low in relation to the roof line.

There are no gutters on the west porch.

Most potential occupiers would want to replace all of the gutters to ensure that water cannot escape into the structure of the building.  

Main walls         

The ground levels are high in relation to floor level along the whole of the front of the building. Water will be able to penetrate the solid walls.

A small area of the wall at the north east corner of the cellar has fractured and requires rebuilding possibly due to the wall being forced apart by a metal fixing that is corroding.

There have been crude patch repairs near to the rear porch using modern Portland cement. On buildings of this age repointing work should be with lime cement as this allows moisture to leave the building.

A creeper should be controlled to prevent it blocking gutters and forcing tiles apart.

Some area of sand stone are badly eroding most notably above the sealed window of the cellar and at the side of the window at the rear of the Bar.

The cill of this window appears to have been crudely patched with cement possibly to stop a draught or rain driving under the frame.


There is limited ability to escape form the first floor. This is an inherent defect of the building. Fire protection doors should be installed at the bottom the stairs and in any rooms from which there is no other means of escape.

Window frames require comprehensive refurbishment.

A glazing panel in the south west porch is fractured.

Outside doors

The external doors require comprehensive refurbishment. The bar door and frame are in particularly poor condition. The kitchen door jambs on the frame. The utility room externa door, south west porch door and beer garden door were locked and not tested.

The glazing in the rear porch door and side panels should be replaced with toughened glass. One of the glazing panels has slipped suggesting that the bottom rail is rotten.

The step behind the beer garden door is a trip hazard.

Conservatory and porches          

The south west porch was locked and not entered. It appears to have been badly affected by condensation. It could not be determined why the floor has gone white. Could be salts due to the tiles being damp or white wash.

Other joinery and finishes         

No significant defects noted. 

Roof structure  

The roof structure of the rear porch roof near to the beer garden door is badly decayed in a number of areas. Part of the cause may be due to the roof light leaking.

The roof structure of the main building has suffered fire damage in the area above the bathroom and first bedroom. Parts of the roof in this area appear to have been replaced probably because of the fire.

There was evidence of high levels of condensation in all the roof voids and it would be preferable if they could be ventilated to help reduce this as it will encourage the timbers to decay and beetles.

The roof void hatch above the south west bedroom was sealed and not entered.       


The ceiling above the redundant cellar has collapsed probably due to persistent dampness.

The age of the other ceilings is not known. Some may be of lath and plaster construction and are likely to be prone to collapse particular if decoration is removed.   

Walls and partitions      

High levels of dampness were noted in many ground floor walls particularly along the front elevation. There is a high risk of adjacent timbers decaying particular skirting board and the panels in the south west dining room.

Plaster and decoration is eroded at low levels consistent with damp damage and again particularly along the front elevation.

The property is unlikely to have any damp proofing measures. The front ground levels should be reduced and the interior kept very warm and well ventilated.

Plaster is likely to be old and prone to collapse especially if decoration is removed.

The whole of the interior require re-decorating.

A stain on the north wall of the south west bedroom is likely to be due to persistent condensation.


The cellar floor is at high risk of decay because of the unvented damp redundant cellar. Timbers appeared to give way under foot but could not be investigated due to the floor covering. You should investigate this floor before exchange of contracts and obtain quotations for repair and to reduce the dampness in the redundant cellar.

Some floor boards appeared to give under foot on the inner hall on the first floor. The cause could not be established due to the floor covering.

There is evidence that the property has suffered from beetle infestations. It is possible that these have migrated to hidden parts of the first floor structure. Only further investigation can confirm.

Many of the quarry tiles in the snug were fractured. Much of the grouting is missing from the kitchen tile joints.          

Fireplaces, chimney breasts and flues  

No significant defects noted.

Damp in the face of the south west bedroom chimney breast is probably due to condensation. Redundant flues should be capped and vented to help reduce damp.

As the flues have been in use for four hundred years the interiors may be in very poor condition. It would be preferable if they were lined to prevent further attack by acidic condensates.         

Built-in fittings (built-in kitchen and other fittings, not including appliances)

No significant defects noted. 

Woodwork (for example, staircase and joinery)              

The door to the kitchen at the base of the stairs opens against the deep fat fryer. There is a high risk of serious burns injury.

The base of the Bar is decaying due to damp possibly from the floor.

A section of skirting board in the Bar area has decayed near the entrance door. Other skirting board were damp and at high risk of decay.

Evidence of beetles was noted in the bar area ceiling and the panels of the dining room. Whilst they are likely to be extinct it would be prudent to treat the timbers if not already treated as the damp environment may encourage them.          

Bathroom fittings           

No significant defects noted.

The first floor toilet should have an overflow pipe otherwise water will soak the floor if the ball valve fails.      


The redundant cellar is very damp. All timbers should be removed as they are at risk of dry rot decay which is very destructive and can spread to other parts of the building.        


Meter and the consumer unit are on the first floor landing.

No significant defects were noted. The system should be tested before exchange of contracts.           


There is no main gas supply.


The internal stop valve was not seen. Ensure that you can locate and operate it in an emergency.

No other significant defects noted.                                    


There is an oil fired boiler and a system of radiators serving the flat. No significant defects noted but unless seen in operation and having a satisfactory service record then have the system tested before exchange of contracts. The system is likely to be many years old and may be approaching life expiry. It is unlikely to be as efficient as modern equivalents. Some parts may be hard to obtain.     

Water heating 

From the boiler via a cylinder. No significant defects noted but unless seen in operation and having a satisfactory service record then have the system tested before exchange of contracts. It is not clear if the cylinder serves the ground floor.                                           


No significant defects noted to the above ground drainage. A waste pipe leaving the Bar appears to be broken.

One inspection chamber was located but not opened as it is embedded in the frame.


None noted  


The roof of the open store drains on to the wall at the rear and has completely saturated it. Parts of the roof structure are decaying.

The walls of the open store and adjacent enclosed store appeared to have moved in relation to each other causing vertical fractures at the corners. The movement is likely to be long standing. The gutter on the rear of the store is broken. The door of the store is missing.                              


The car park gate is badly decayed.

There are a lot of trip hazard particularly in the vegetable garden area.




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