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Booking a site visit

Once you have submitted your Building Notice or Full Plans Application you can start work at any time, providing that you notify Building Control of your proposed commencement date.

Building Regulations require that you or your builder notify Building Control at various stages so that the work can be inspected. The most important of these are commencement and completion of works.

An inspection regime will be agreed at the start of your project. You are required to give minimum periods of notice for these inspections. You can contact the surveyor for your project directly, by mobile phone or by contacting the Building Control office.

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) have also launched a free to use site inspection request mobile app, available for IOS and Android devices.

Inspections can cover:

  • commencement of work
  • foundation excavations
  • oversite preparation
  • damp-proof courses
  • drainage before covering over
  • occupation of the building or part of the building
  • completion of work

It should be noted that additional inspections might also be considered necessary following discussions with the Building Control Surveyor during the course of the work, such as:

  • floors
  • steelwork and supporting structure
  • roof structures
  • wall structures
  • insulation
  • fire protection work and systems  

Completion certificate                       

The certificate will be issued on satisfactory completion of the work only if:

  • all the relevant inspections have been carried out, any remedial works completed and where necessary re-inspected and accepted as satisfactory
  • any additional inspections requested by your surveyor during the period of construction are satisfactory
  • Approval has been issued on a full plans application

It is in your own interest, therefore, to ensure that you or your builder gives all the necessary notification for inspection. Completion certificates are issued free of charge for all work approved since 1992. Completion certificates are important documents and should be kept safely as solicitors/surveyors undertaking future property transactions may require to see the completion certificate.