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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 the Planning Portal Building Regulations.
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 could 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
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. 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. 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.
More detail on the scheme and the benefits of its offers can be found on the LABC website.
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.
The scheme gives partner companies a one-to-one relationship with ourselves 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.
If you think your business could benefit in forming a Partnership relationship with Central Bedfordshire Building Control or you have any queries please email Building Control.
Building Control Surveyors check reports of dangerous buildings and structures and advise owners so that the building can be made safe, to protect occupiers and the general public.
We first try to advise the building owner what work 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. The Council operates an out of hours service to cover dangerous structures.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 the Building Act.
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.
Please note that demolition may require planning permission, for additional information see the Demolitions page on the Planning Portal.
For awareness around the detailing and calculations to lessen thermal bridging and air leakage and to assist condensation control at construction junctions please view these links:
LABC - How to use our Registered Construction Details
Designing Buildings Wiki - Thermal Bridging
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..
Further information about competent person schemes and how to join can be found on the gov.uk website.
You can also view 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)
Reg 16b leaflet (PDF 52KB)
Domestic Solar Panels and Wind Powered Generators
A Building Regulation application will be required for the installation of solar panels on a building and also if free standing, and electrical work is not being carried out by a registered competent person.
A Building Regulation application will be required for the installation of a wind powered generator on a dwelling and also if free standing, and electrical work is not being carried out by a registered competent person.
Planning permission may be required for these works.
New Fire Regulations
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 Communities and Local Government website.
- we are a local authority and are independent, so our advice is always impartial
- our network includes all the other authorities representing a total of 3,000 professional building surveyors and technical support staff. 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
- we are a ‘not-for-profit’ service and we offer competitive fees for doing a really good job
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.
Further information on the building regulations and the technical standards of the regulations can be viewed on the Planning Portal.
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. 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. 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. 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 or email Building Control
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. Please contact our office if you have any queries about our charges or view our ‘guidance leaflet on standard charges’ on our applications page.
We seek to deal with completion and enforcement informally and by advice in most cases, we also have formal powers that on occasions we may need to use. Please see the Government’s Planning Portal website which gives further detail about the Building Regulation process, completion and enforcement.
The Government’s guidance relating to the responsibility of owners and builders in relation to Building Regulation compliance can be viewed on the Planning Portal.
The purpose of Building Regulations is the health and safety of people in and around buildings, they also provide for energy conservation and access to and use of buildings. Anyone carrying out building work which is subject to Building Regulation is required by law to make sure it complies with the regulations. 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 or email Building Control