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Home & Maker Thu Jul 09 2020 13:40:50 GMT+0100 (British Summer Time)

5 steps to building regulation approval


Embarking on your self build project can be a daunting prospect especially when there are so many health, safety and building requirements that your Building Inspector will need to have evidence of. The benefits will result in significantly lowered costs and full ownership of the project. Remember, Building Regulations are required for most construction projects, no matter how small and  it's important to know that Local Authorities have the powers to prosecute or fine if buildings do not meet Building Regulations.

If you are unsure, we offer free consultation calls with our architects and designers to help you understand your needs! Here are five steps to help you gain Building Regulations approval and achieve a stress free project:

Step 1 - Choose a building control surveyor

Your local council may offer a not-for-profit service including building inspectors, district surveyors or, building control surveyors. These are impartial building professionals with in-depth knowledge of site conditions and knowledge of Building Regulations, British and European standards and codes of practice that your new building must comply with.

Step 2 - Submit your Building Regulations application

You can apply to your local building control authority in one of two ways:

  • Full Application
  • Building Notice.

Avoid unforeseen expenses by checking with the experts first! Home & Maker can give you the assurances you need so that costly mistakes can be avoided including checking and approving the information and calculations so you may commence with confidence.

Step 3 - Get to work

A building control surveyor will visit your site at various stages throughout the development, giving advice to you and your builder.

Step 4 - The building control surveyor visit

The big day has arrived - make sure you are ready! Key areas of your building site include :

  • Foundations
  • Ground and floors
  • Damp proofing
  • Roof structure
  • Drainage
  • Structural beams and openings
  • Fire Proofing
  • Thermal insulation

Step 5 - The completion visit

You’re nearly there! This visit is key as its purpose is to verify that your new home meets Building Regulations before it can be occupied and enjoyed. Of course, you will be hoping the visit goes without a hitch and this is where we can assist you with delivering exemplary standards of building control and quickly rectifying any potential on site issues. Make sure you request a copy of the building certificate / full plans approval notice once your building has passed its final inspection. This document is important, as you will need to provide a copy to your legal conveyancer, should you come to sell your home.

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