Building Control Regulations Explained

The purpose of Building Control Regulations is to ensure the Health and Safety of the occupants of a building.

They apply to new buildings, extensions and alterations to existing buildings, and also change of use to buildings.

The regulations cover the following:

  • Structure
  • Fire Safety
  • Site Preparation and Resistance to Moisture
  • Toxic Substances
  • Resistance to the Passage of Sound
  • Ventilation
  • Hygiene
  • Drainage and Waste Disposal
  • Heat Producing Appliances
  • Stairways, Ramps & Guards
  • Conservation of Fuel & Power
  • Access and facilities for Disabled People
  • Glazing Materials and Protection
  • Electrical Safety
  • Workmanship and Materials

If you want a property search, for instance, because you are buying a house and you want to know that work undertaken has consent then we will search our past records for you. If you require confirmation of this search in writing there will be a fee of £5 for this service. Copies of the approval and completion certificates are also available at a charge of £12.50 per copy.

Building Regulations records however are not public so access is restricted.

Please contact a Building Control Officer for details. However, there are essentially two methods of submitting a Building Regulations application. You may choose to send either a Full Plans or a Building Notice application, which are summarized below.

Full Plans
A Building Control Officer will check detailed plans of your proposed building works. If we want you to make any changes or require more information we will contact you or your agent. Item 6 on the application form allows you to agree on conditional consent, in this case minor revisions will be added to the plans by the Building Control Officer in Red. You should make sure that your builder has a copy of the approved plans to prevent problems arising on site.

Building Notice
This is an optional alternative to depositing Full Plans. A Building Notice is only suitable if you are doing works to your home. The erection of a building containing an office or shop would require a Full Plans application. In the case of loft conversions, additional information showing construction details will be required. Normally a site plan showing the position of your proposal and all site drainage will be sufficient. You should only use this procedure if your Builder is reliable and experienced.

Site Inspections
The Councils Building Control staff will make statutory and routine inspections during the construction stage of the building; to ensure compliance with the building regulations and other allied legislation and guidance.

There are up to nine mandatory inspections, however not all nine are relevant to some jobs. Notice of ALL of the relevant stages of work applicable to the job must be given i.e.,

1. Commencement
2. Excavation for foundations
3. Foundations constructed e.g. concrete poured
4. Damp proof course laid
5. Oversite ready for concreting (with damp proof membrane laid if appropriate)
6. Drains laid and visible for checking layout and construction
7. Drains backfilled and ready for testing for water tightness
8. Occupation (normally only relevant when part of a building is finished e.g. a flat)
9. Completion

It is common for more than one inspection to be carried out on one visit. Inspections 1 and 2 often coincide, as do 4 and 5 and 7 and 9.

You or your Builder should phone to arrange the inspection, giving as much notice as possible. We will endeavor to carry out same day inspections if we are notified by 12 noon.

We have a 24-hour answer phone on (01226) 772699 for calls outside normal office hours, or fax (01226) 772698.

As well as these mandatory inspections, further inspections may also be necessary, as some jobs will require specific inspections such as Fire Protection and the Reinforcement of Concrete Structures. In addition, a Building Surveyor may call unexpectedly at other times to check on the work as it progresses.

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