Building Regulations Services | London
Building regulations (building control/approval inspectors)
“Building Regulations apply in England & Wales and promote standards for most aspects of a building’s construction, energy efficiency in buildings, the needs of all people, including those with disabilities, in accessing and moving around buildings. There are a number of pieces of legislation and, depending on the type of premises and whether any building work is being carried out, one or more could apply at any given time.”
Building Regulations Process
For most projects the best way to satisfy the Building Regulations is by making a submission to the Local Authority’s Building Control Department. A Full Plans submission will require the preparation of a full set of technical and structural drawings, specifications and details. The Council will assess the submission in five to eight weeks, will issue comments on the submitted information, and your architect will revise the information as necessary following the Council’s comments. For smaller projects and small scale residential alterations a Building Notice can also be submitted, however in this case the Council does not typically issue a certificate to confirm that the building works were carried out in accordance with the current regulations.
An alternative to the Local Authority route is the use of Approved Inspectors (private companies) that will examine the submissions, carry out site visits, and certify the works in the same way as the Council’s Building Control Department (Full Plans). Their fees tend to be slightly higher than the Council’s fees, however their appointment can speed up how soon work can begin on the site.
At GOAStudio we can prepare the building regulations submission for you, liaise with Building Control or the Approved Inspector, and respond to any project requirements by your builder during construction. Please note that the services of a structural engineer are often required at this stage.
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