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.
|Excavations before concrete||
This inspection allows ground conditions to be checked and the building control officer will consider all or some of the following:
|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.
|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:
Wherever possible the above and below ground drainage systems will be checked for air or water tightness.
|First floor joists||The size, grade and the centre of the joists will be checked together with the lateral restraint strapping and herringbone strutting.|
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.|
When a building is occupied before completion the local authority should be notified.
This is the inspection for which notification is often forgotten. The inspection checks such items as:
IMPORTANT NOTICE as per Regulation 16 of The Building Regulations 2010.
(4) Subject to paragraph (8), a person carrying out building work shall, not more than five days after that work has been completed, give the local authority notice to that effect.
(5) Where a building is being erected, and that building (or any part of it) is to be occupied before completion, the person carrying out that work shall give the local authority at least five days' notice before the building or any part of it is occupied.
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.