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Building regulations and the building control service

Building Regulations deal with minimum standards of design and building work for the construction of most types of building work.

You can view and download full copies of the Building Regulations approved documents on the Planning Portal website


What is building control?

The regulations are approved by Parliament and the Building Control function exists to ensure that buildings are designed and constructed so as to ensure the health, safety, welfare and convenience of people using them.

We offer

  • Free pre-submission advice
  • Flexibility with same day inspections, undertaking the statutory and relevant inspections to suit the needs of your project
  • Competitive fees and discounts for repetitive construction
  • Extensive knowledge of local conditions and historical records
  • In depth guidance from project inception to completion resulting in safe, compliant buildings

We are

  • Accountable
  • Available by direct line and email
  • Enthusiastic and eager to provide an excellent service

Expert advice

We are constantly working to improve our service, and we keep your comments and questions in mind

We are responsible for

  • Provide a checking service to help achieve compliance with building standards
  • Support and advise customers on how to get the result they want, but will not be a  substitute for professional design and construction advice
  • Help with aspects of quality (workmanship and materials) where they affect compliance with building standards, but not where they do not affect compliance
  • Ensure that all building standards which are set in the interests of the wider public good have been complied with at completion
  • Be responsible for compliance - that is the duty of the person carrying out the work

We are not responsible for

  • If work is found not to comply with building standards, the person     responsible could be prosecuted and the owner of the building may be required to put the work right
  • Manage every stage of the construction process on-site - that is a matter for the contractor and arrangements between the client and builder
  • Address issues such as the finish and aesthetics of the final project where these are not relevant to compliance with building standards - these are a matter for designers, developers, builders and, to some extent, new home  warranty providers
  • Deal with contractual problems between client and builder - this is a matter of  contract law

Notifiable Work

Most 'Building Work' comes under our control. This includes things like new buildings, extensions and loft conversions as well as new roofs and removal of load bearing walls.

Alterations to factories, shops and offices also need our approval under the Full Plans procedure.
If you have any doubts about the work you are planning to do you should consult us first. We can offer expert advice at the design stage which could well save you time and money.

List of the main notifiable work:

  • New buildings
  • Loft conversions
  • Extensions
  • Removal of load bearing walls 
  • Chimney breast removals
  • Roofing
  • Drainage
  • Electrical work

Health & Safety Executive

If you are having construction or refurbishment work done, you may need to notify the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and you may have other duties as well. To find out more, please visit the HSE's website.
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