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What are Building Regulations?
o Building Regulations are national standards for the design and construction of all buildings. These standards make sure that people will be safe both in and around buildings. They also cover energy conservation and access for people with disabilities. For more information about building regulations see thePlanning Portal Building Regulations.
o The building regulations are defined by the English and Welsh governments. Overall, the regulations ensure new buildings, conversions, renovations and extensions – domestic or commercial buildings - are going to be safe, healthy and high performing. Detailed regulations cover specific topics including: structural integrity, fire protection, accessibility, energy performance, acoustic performance, protection against falls, electrical and gas safety. They also lay standards for drains, ventilation, protection against the ingress of water and protection against contamination including methane and radon gas.
o Further information on the building regulations and the technical standards of the regulations can be viewedon the Planning Portal.
The current Building Regulations cover the following principal areas:
- structural stability - the building must safely carry anticipated loadings
- fire protection - controlling flammable materials used in the building and making sure buildings can be evacuated without loss of life in the event of fire
- preventing damp and/or condensation in buildings
- sound-proofing of walls and floors between dwellings
- ventilation of habitable rooms and unheated voids
- hygiene, sanitary appliances and drainage
- heating appliances, including the safe discharge of flue gasses
- stairways, ramps and vehicle carriers
- conservation of fuel and power e.g. is the building properly insulated
- access to buildings and facilities for disabled people
- the safe positioning of glazing in windows and doors
- electrical work in relation to a dwelling
The LABC Partnership Scheme
o We are partnered with many companies using the LABC Partnership Scheme; this allows us to work closely with the development community in many locations outside the Central Bedfordshire district.
o The LABC Partnership Scheme allows us to appraise and recommend approval for schemes throughout the country and many of our customers find this a useful tool in their own businesses where the close links, e-delivery and excellent working relationships between Central Bedfordshire Building Control and our partner companies means a timely delivery of approvals.
o Having assessed plans for compliance we issue a decision advice notice leading to the automatic building regulations approval by the Inspection Authority. Using the scheme brings about a greater degree of consistency for the Partner Company and clients.
o Further details about the scheme and the benefits of its offers can be found on theLABC website.
o Nationally, more than 600 major developers, architects, consultants, contractors and house builders are now partnered with Local Authority Building Control and are finding great benefit from being able to deal with one Authority for Building Control approval for projects anywhere in England or Wales.
o The scheme gives partner companies a one-to-one relationship with us for the plan approval aspect of all construction projects, irrespective of location. It also provides an effective means of communication between the Local Authority where the project is to be built (the Inspecting Authority) and the Partner Company. Central Bedfordshire will liaise with the Inspecting Authority and sharing their local knowledge can often prove invaluable in avoiding construction problems.
o If you think your business could benefit in forming a Partnership relationship with Central Bedfordshire Building Control or you have any queries pleaseemail Building Control.
Dangerous Structures, dangerous buildings, emergency powers and safety
Building Control Surveyors check reports of dangerous buildings and structures and advise so that the building can be made safe, to protect occupiers and the general public.
We first try to advise the building owner about work that needs to be done to make the building safe. If the work is not done by a given deadline, we can take action against the owner or use emergency powers to make the building safe or demolish it.
We will recover the costs we incur where we carry out emergency work.
We operate an out of hours service to cover dangerous structures.
For further information about dangerous structures and our role please access this link to the Planning Portal.
Emergency out of hours dangerous structure call out contact number 0300 300 8098.
In the case of a life emergency please contact the emergency services by dialling 999 and use 101 for non emergencies.
o If you intend to demolish a building, under Section 80 of the Building Act 1984 you must give prior notice to the Council this is usually a minimum of six weeks prior to carrying out the demolition work.
o Please complete and return our Demolition Notice form(PDF 152KB), or advise us of your intention to carry out the demolition in writing. To comply with the law you should send us this notice at least six weeks prior to the proposed demolition. Failure to do so is a contravention of the Building Act and you could be prosecuted.
o Please send us a location plan of the building showing where the proposed demolition is intended to take place and the adjoining streets and roads. Where you intend to demolish a large building or several buildings the expectation is that a method statement has been compiled and we will need to have a copy of this method statement.
o You should also arrange for a copy of the notice to be sent to statutory undertakers such as gas, drainage and power companies so they can arrange for their services to be disconnected. You should also arrange to notify occupiers of adjacent buildings. For further details see theBuilding Act.
o Demolition can start after the Building Control Service has issued a local authority counter notice, or six weeks from the date the notice of intent was served.
o Please note that demolition may require planning permission, for additional information see theDemolitions page on the Planning Portal.
Registered Competent Person Scheme
o A competent person scheme allows registered individuals and businesses to certify that their own work complies with building regulations; this removes the need to make a building regulation application for certain types of work.
o Further information about competent person schemes and how to join can be found on thegov.uk website.
o You can alsoview a full list of current scheme providers at gov.uk and the types of work that their schemes cover
View the latest edition of the Building control newsletter (Feb 2014) (PDF 907KB)
Beds Fire Service Regulatory Reform guidance
Reg 16b leaflet (PDF 52KB)
On 1st October 2006, the new Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into effect applying to virtually all premises, except private domestic dwellings
All persons having responsibility for the premises have a duty to ensure the fire safety of anybody in, or in the vicinity of, their premises
If you are in such a position to be responsible for the premises and require further information please visit the DCLG website
Domestic Solar Panels and Wind Powered Generators
A Building Regulation application is required for the installation of solar panels and wind powered generators on a building or free standing solar panels/wind powered generators serving a building where electrical work is carried out by a someone who is not a registered competent person, read further guidance about domestic solar installationshttp://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/solarpanels/
Using our service
o We are a local authority and are independent, so our advice is always impartial
o Our network includes all the other authorities representing a total of 3,000 professional building surveyors and technical support staff.
o We can give fast local support to our customers and regularly work with planners, conservation officers, access officers, fire services, environmental health, highways and other organisations whose input might be required
o We are a ‘not-for-profit’ service and we offer competitive fees for doing a really good job
Completion of work
o At the start of your application process we send out our ‘inspection service plan’, this is a bespoke document for each job and lists the inspection stages that you and your builder need to advise us of and to arrange visits to view your project.
o One of the stages that you must notify us of is completion of the work. The term completion means many things to many people, but for the purposes of Building Regulations we need to view the work in its completed or virtually completed condition so we can advise you if there are any compliance issues that you need to be aware of
o When we carry out our completion visit we’ll advise you if there are any outstanding compliance issues, we’ll follow up our visit with written advice and in many cases we will be able to issue the building owner with our Completion Certificate.
o If you are unsure about the stage that your scheme has reached and the need for further Building Control visits please contact our office on 0300 300 8635 oremail Building Control
o Please note that if you don’t contact us at or about the time that your project is completed you may leave yourself in a difficult position in the future. This mainly concerns your position regarding conveyancing and mortgages, home insurance and the possibility of additional Building Regulation charges.
o Please contact our office if you have any queries about our charges or view our ‘guidance leaflet on standard charges’ on our update this link
Builders Partnership Scheme
Partner Agent Architects
- A single point of contact for all your building control work in England, Wales and Scotland.
- Simplified fees and invoicing arrangements, and the use of LABC Partner logo on all of your marketing materials.
- Click here to view our partners