How to manage a build with Building Control

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How to manage a build with Building Control

When you build an extension or loft conversion on your property, it must have Building Control inspections through the build.  If you do not apply for building control, your build WILL be classed as an unauthorised build.  If you are not sure whether you need building control, click here for guidance.  So, how to manage a build with building control?

The Building Control Inspector is there to help you.  If you are not sure at what stages you need your build to be inspected, get in touch with them when you apply for building control and they will guide you through each stage.

The visits primarily enable Building Control to check that you and/or your builder are building it correctly and safely.

Ultimately you are responsible for your property, so never rely on anyone else to ensure that you have the correct planning permission and building control in place before you start any build.

Follow our guide:

  1. Check with your contractor/surveyor when you need to arrange a building control site visit.  If your contractor is doing it for you, you should ensure that you are informed how the build is progressing at each stage and if any issues arise.  If that information is not forthcoming, you should get in touch with Building Control yourself and arrange your own site visit or speak to them directly.  Click here for guidance.
  2. If you are doing the build yourself, you should get in touch the Building Control department of your Local Authority to check when inspections are due.  For guidance click here.
  3. If you need to book a site visit, click here for guidance.

Inspections should take place at the following stages of each build (the following stages are a guide only, you should check each stage with your local authority yourself as every build is different):

Ground Floor Extension

  • Foundations
  • Drainage
  • Damp course on the brickwork
  • Damp membrane on the oversight
  • Structural steels/beams/lintels/padstones
  • Roof structure
  • Insulation
  • Openings
  • Fire proofing
  • Completion

Loft Conversions

  • Steel inspections
  • Fire proofing
  • Structural beams
  • Roof structure
  • Insulation
  • Openings
  • Fire Doors
  • Completion

When the build is complete and it meets the various building regulations, you will be issued with a completion certificate.  You should keep this document as you will need it if you decide to sell the property at a later date or use it for insurance purposes.

For guidance on how to book a site visit, click here.

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