Your safety + wellbeing is really important – we work hard to achieve full, up to date Building Regulations compliance

The Building Regulations are a piece of legislation that originated many centuries ago with the primary aim of keeping you, your family, and colleagues, safe and healthy. Building Regulations are separate and additional to Planning Permission. Building Regulations typically follow after Planning Permission is hopefully granted.

The origins of the Building Regulations date back as far as 1666 when the Great Fire of London destroyed much of London and the Great Plague spread infection. Following these catastrophes legislation was put into place to try and prevent these occurring again. This legislation is now known as the Building Regulations. As well as fire safety the Building Regulations now incorporate other areas such as structural stability, thermal performance, disabled person access, resistance to moisture, ventilation, stairs and falls from height, acoustic performance, etc. At this stage the technical design is worked up much more clearly to ensure the above issues are thought through and resolved appropriately.

A simplified summary of the Building Regulations process is:


Submit Building Regulations Application


Notification and consultation with statutory consultees [i.e. Water Authority] and technical assessment


Stage 1- Plans Approval


Construction Works Start On Site


Stage 2 – Ongoing site inspections by independent surveyor to check construction matches approved design


Construction Works Finish and Final Completion Certificate Issued

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Usually completed in two stages. First stage – the design is prepared and co-ordinated; drawings and documents are produced to identify everything that needs to be looked at. This is then checked over in the office by a Building Control Surveyor and a Plans Approval Certificate / letter issued. Second stage – site visits are made at agreed intervals during construction [such as foundations, drainage, structure, electrics, etc.] and the Building Control Surveyor will physically inspect the work as it progresses to ensure it is being built as the approved plans. Once all the work has been built correctly a final Building Regulations Compliance Certificate is issued that states the work has been carried out properly. The Building Regulation compliance duties were traditionally carried out by the local authority but an alternative is to use a private company instead. These companies are called Approved Inspectors and they are authorised by the government to carry out Building Regulation duties.

For straightforward projects a set of professional architectural drawings is all you should need. For more complicated projects specialists will prepare parts of the design, such as a Structural Engineer or Building Services Engineer and various supporting calculations and drawings may be required, that need to be checked. We can organise and co-ordinate your project to ensure full Building Regulations compliance, saving you time and money and also stress. If you have any doubt or questions we always advise you check with your local authority or obtain professional advice / speak to us.

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