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Building Regulations Approval

2.14 Building Regulations Approval

New ‘Building Work’ must comply with Building Regulations and includes:

• Installation of a service e.g. washing or sanitary facilities;
• Material alterations to the structure;
• Conversions to flats;
• Some major repairs.

2.14.1 Obtaining Building Regulations Approval

There are two optional procedures available to carry out works with
Building Regulations approval for which a fee is payable.

1. Full Plans Application

This is the normal procedure for most works, whereby the local authority’s
Building Control Service approves plans and details of the proposed
works as being compliant before works commence. The application can be
approved with or without conditions, refused or amendments requested.

A Commencement Notice is given to the Building Control Inspector when
works start. At pre-determined critical stages the contractor notifies the
Inspector that certain works are being carried out so that those works can
be inspected to check compliance before being covered over.

A Completion Certificate is issued by the Inspector at end of work
stating that the works have been carried out in compliance with Building
Regulations.

2. Building Notice Procedure

This procedure is suitable for small-scale works that need to progress
quickly and where pre-approval of plans is not essential.

The contractor gives a Building Notice to the Building Control Service that
works are about to start and which will then be inspected as they progress.
The contractor will be advised if any works are not liable to be Building
Regulations compliant so corrective action can be taken.

An alternative to using a local authority Building Control Service is to
use a private sector approved inspector’s Building Control Service.
The procedures are similar with the exception of some additional
administration to keep the local authority, as the statutory enforcement
authority, informed of progress.

‘Unapproved’ building works are liable to enforcement action if discovered
within 12 months of completion.

Further information is available from:
www.direct.gov.uk/en/HomeAndCommunity/Planning/
BuildingRegulations/DG_10014170