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How to Get Building Control Approval First Time

It’s important to ensure that any building work you do complies with current regulations. This will keep costs down and make sure all projects can go ahead without delays or other complications due to their lack of compliance. Getting your approval can be a nerve-wracking experience, which is why we have compiled a list of top tips for getting it the first time. Keep reading to find out!

Submit the Right Application

The three main options for building control applications are full plans, a notice of proposed work and regularisation (a retrospective application relating to previously unauthorised works). The type of application will have an impact on what supporting documents are required, expected timelines and costs. If you are thinking about adding to your home or starting from scratch, the council must approve the plan of work submitted. A map is required for any extensions and new buildings, so ensure this is compliant with local regulations before submitting. It is common for approval to be rejected due to failure here. You should choose an accredited provider to save time and money.

Do Your Research

Research is an important part of your project, and investing time in it early on can go a long way. Learning the difference between building control and planning permission is vital, as well as knowing your responsibilities. Building regulations are the backbone of any home. They ensure that your house is structurally sound and environmentally safe, so you can live in peace knowing it’s been properly inspected by experts who know their stuff! On the other hand, planning permissions are generally about how the building looks.
You have come to the right place for answers! There are plenty of resources out there that can help guide you through this process. At any point along your journey, whether it be now or later on down the line when things get more complicated, all we need from our clients is honesty, so don’t hesitate to tell us how things stand. Building regulations are subject to change, so it’s important that you stay up-to-date with the most current, authoritative content.

Understand Your Responsibilities

If you’re going down the builder route, it’s vital to make sure they are aware of any regulations your area has in place. You should also make sure you both know who is making sure the regulations are met, and who will be talking to local authorities about the matter. If your builder is registered with a Competent Persons scheme, they may be able to certify some or all of the work that’s being undertaken.
Your Building Control Body (BCB) will likely need to visit the site during various stages of your project. They can advise on what you should expect and how things are going at each stage, ensuring that there are no issues with work being done in relation to certain regulations or laws! There are many things to take into consideration before starting any construction project, including whether or not you need planning permission.

Have You Done This Kind of Job Before?

If possible, it’s always best to choose an experienced builder who has had plenty of practice building the type of structure you are looking for. To ensure they are fully qualified for the job, ask them for details of similar previous projects. You may even be able to call up their previous customers to ask whether you could have a look at the builder’s work. This will give you a rough idea of what you can expect from their work.

Contact All Building Control for the Best Services

Building regulations are a crucial part of construction and are ultimately what will keep you safe. They will also make sure the building is energy efficient and as environmentally friendly as possible. Here at All Building Control, we strive to provide our customers with quality service by conducting thorough examinations and issuing complete reports. All Building Control are the team to call for complete reassurance when it comes to building projects. Contact us today for more information on our services.



Declaration and Request for Final Certificate by Client, Principal Designer, and Principal Contractor

1) I/we confirm that I/we have fulfilled our obligations in respect of Principal Designer / Principal Contractor as defined in Regulation 16E of The Building (Approved Inspector etc.) Regulations 2010 and Part 2A (duty holders and competence) of the Building Regulations 2010 (as amended). As far as I/we are reasonably and practicably able to ascertain, the works, to the best of our knowledge, comply with the Building Regulations. I/we therefore formally request issue of the Final Certificate.

2) I/we confirm that as the person carrying out the work, I/we have passed all pertinent fire safety information to the responsible person (RP) as required by Regulation 38 of the Building Regulations such that they may adequately and reasonably fulfil their ongoing obligation under the RR(FS)O.

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