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Building Control

Site inspections

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Once you have submitted your Building Regulation Application and decided to start the work, you or your builder need to notify us at the stages of construction listed below to enable an inspection to be carried out. A building control officer will visit the site once works have started and discuss the further inspections that will be required. These statutory inspections are legally required.   

From 1 November 2014 inspections will need to be booked by 4pm the preceding day to be guaranteed a morning inspection slot. Inspections will be undertaken between 8.30am and 12.30pm to allow sufficient time for you to concrete, backfill or cover over the same day. If an inspection is requested for the same day, we will endeavour to undertake this after 1pm but it will depend on workload.

An inspection request form is available should you wish to book on line. Alternatively please phone 01621 854477. 

Please provide the site address when booking a site inspection and quote the application number which is provided on all documentation, for example FP/02/0978.


Type of inspection Inspection detail Statutory requirement
Commencement of work

At least 48 hours before you start work on site, you should notify us of commencement.

This is an opportunity for the building control officer to generally discuss the project and to remind the builder of any conditions there might be on the application.

It also provides an opportunity to check that the site and the proposal is as shown on any submitted plans.  

 Statutory inspection
Excavations before concrete

This inspection allows ground conditions to be checked and the building control officer will consider all or some of the following:

  • The bearing capacity of the ground proximity and depth of any drains and manholes
  • Depth of existing foundations proximity of any trees or recently removed trees
  • Whether or not the building is on made up ground
 Statutory inspection
Preparation of oversite

This inspection is to determine the suitability of the hardcore used, the provision of sand blinding (if required).

The damp proof membrane (DPM) is checked for its thickness, and use with new and existing damp proof courses. 

Floor insulation may also be inspected at this stage.  

 Statutory inspection
Damp proof course The damp proof course (DPC) will be checked to ensure suitability, width, laps etc.    Statutory inspection
Drains - foul and storm

All new drainage is inspected prior to covering. The items checked on this inspection include:

  • suitability of material used
  • fall and line of the drain
  • material used for bed and surround
  • access points
 Statutory inspection
Drains test

Wherever possible the above and below ground drainage systems will be checked for air or water tightness.  

 Statutory inspection
First floor joists The size, grade and the centre of the joists will be checked together with the lateral restraint strapping and herringbone strutting.    
Roof members

The size, grade and the centre of the timbers/ trusses will be checked together with the lateral resistant strapping, herringbone strutting and wind bracing.  

 
Insulation We will generally try to inspect the insulation prior to covering to ensure that the correct thickness and type has been installed.    
Occupation

When a building is occupied before completion the local authority should be notified.  

 Statutory inspection
Completion

This is the inspection for which notification is often forgotten. The inspection checks such items as:

  • ventilation to rooms and roof voids
  • waste details
  • roof coverings
  • fire precautions and requirements
  • safety glazing
  • staircase details
 Statutory inspection

On the satisfactory finish of the building work a completion certificate will be issued. These are important documents which should be kept safe because they may need to be presented to financial institutions, solicitors, surveyors etc when moving house or seeking loans.

For projects involving electrical works see our Part P Electrical Guidance Note.

We would strongly recommend that before you make any final payment to your builder, you ensure that the work has been inspected and approved by us.  

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