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.
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
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.
We provide professional advice to our partner company during the design stage, after liaison with the Inspecting Authority whose local knowledge can often prove invaluable.
Having assessed the plans for a particular project we issue a decision advice notice leading to the automatic building regulations approval by the Inspecting Authority. This eliminates, at a stroke, any perceived inconsistency, bringing a greater degree of consistency to the designer and the client.
If you require further information, or if you are interested in entering into a partnership with ourselves, please contact email@example.com
at the earliest opportunity.
Building Control Surveyors check dangerous buildings and structures and tell the owners so that the building can be made safe, to protect occupiers and the general public.
We first tell 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 legal action against the owner or use emergency powers to make the building safe or demolish it.
We are allowed to recover the costs from work carried out in an emergency from the owner of the building. We operate a 24-hour call-out system for all emergencies, including 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
Under Section 80 of the Building Act 1984 when intending to demolish a building, notice must be be given to the Local Authority which is usually a minimum of six weeks prior to work commencing.
You should fill in our Demolition Notice form (PDF 152KB), or otherwise submit your intention in writing. This notice must be submitted at least six weeks prior to the proposed demolition. Failure to do so is a contravention of the above Act and may result in prosecution.
A location plan of the building and adjoining streets must be provided together with a method statement for the demolition of larger buildings.
A copy of the notice should also be sent to statutory undertakers in order that they may arrange for their services to be properly sealed and other interested parties such as the occupier of any adjacent building.
A 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.
The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995
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, without having to apply for a building notice.
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.
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.