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Most building work carried out in the U.K. is required to comply with minimum standards as set out in the Building Regulations Approved Documents. These standards cover structural stability, safety and health and conservation of energy. The main function of Building Control is to ensure compliance with these regulations and this is carried out by either Local Authorities or private sector Approved Inspectors. We normally use the Local Authority Building Control Team who we are partnered with to cover applications for the whole of England and Wales.
Unless your project is being carried out under Permitted Development, once your Planning Permission is obtained the next step is to submit a Full Plans Building Regulations Application to demonstrate to the Local Authority how your scheme will comply with current regulations.
If you have already obtained Planning Permission for your project but now need Building Regulations Approval; we can help you prepare this for you.
The Full Plans Building Regulations package we prepare consists of:
This package, with the completed Application Form and relevant Plan Fee, is submitted to the Local Authority for checking. Processing normally takes approximately 5-6 weeks, at which point an Approval Notice is issued. Occasionally there will be one or more Conditions attached which will provide for areas for which information was not available at the time of submission, such as Structural calculations for Roof Trusses.
The approved package may then be used to obtain quotations from prospective Builders to carry out the work. Once work commences on site and the Building Control Officer makes his initial site visit; an Inspection Fee becomes due and will normally be invoiced to the applicant.