Building Control FAQs
- Q1: Building Notice
- Q2: Control over demolition
- Q3: Depositing Full Plans
- Q4: Does my proposed building work require building regulations approval?
- Q5: How can I ensure that my proposals will comply with building regulations?
- Q6: How do I make an application?
- Q7: How do I obtain house type approval?
- Q8: How does the building notice work?
- Q9: How many copies of drawings do I have to supply?
- Q10: How much do I need to pay?
- Q11: How soon can I expect a response to my Full Plans Application?
- Q12: Is any building work exempt from the requirement of building regulations?
- Q13: LANTAC - House type approval
- Q14: Material change of use
- Q15: Regularisation Certificates
- Q16: What are the pitfalls?
- Q17: What are the technical requirements of building regulations?
- Q18: What decision options are available to the Building Control Surveyor?
- Q19: What do I do before commencing building work?
- Q20: What is it all about?
- Q21: What other functions does Building Control at Spelthorne undertake?
- Q22: What other type approvals exist?
- Q23: What technical information will the Building Control Surveyor require?
- Q24: When can the building notice procedure be used?
Q1: Building NoticeA:
This form of application is a method of complying with the building regulations without the need for the deposit of detailed plans before the building work is commenced
Q2: Control over demolitionA:
Anyone carrying out demolition of a building must give notice of his intention to the local authority and should give copies to the occupier of any adjacent building, and to the gas and electricity authorities
Q3: Depositing Full PlansA:
A "Full Plans" application enables your drawing and details to be formally checked and approved before you start work
Q4: Does my proposed building work require building regulations approval?A:
Q5: How can I ensure that my proposals will comply with building regulations?A:
Each part of the building regulations is supported by approved documents
Q6: How do I make an application?A:
If the building proposed, or to which works are to be undertaken, is a workplace, or involves building over or near a "public sewer" you must submit "Full Plans"
Q7: How do I obtain house type approval?A:
The scheme has been designed to escape from bureaucracy and to speed up the plan approval process
Q8: How does the building notice work?A:
Before you start work you must submit the "Building Notice" form with the appropriate payment and as much supporting information as you have available to the Building Control Surveyor
Q9: How many copies of drawings do I have to supply?A:
Generally the forms, plans and details should be deposited in duplicate, however, should the scheme involve a workplace (for which fire precautions and Means of Escape in Case of Fire are required by Building Regulations), then two extra copies of those drawings showing the necessary provision should be submitted
Q10: How much do I need to pay?A:
Unless the works are intended to provide certain facilities for disabled people, a charge is made by the Council
Q11: How soon can I expect a response to my Full Plans Application?A:
Validation of your application will normally occur within two days of the receipt, provided that the correct payment is received, there is the correct number of plans and forms are properly completed
Q12: Is any building work exempt from the requirement of building regulations?A:
Not all work is subject to the requirements of building regulations and certain buildings can be erected without the need to make an application
Q13: LANTAC - House type approvalA:
The housing market today presents an unprecedented challenge for house builders, including Housing Associations, who have to keep abreast of the constant improvements and changes to building legislation, particularly the Building Regulations
Q14: Material change of useA:
This is when you intend to use a building, or part of building, for a different purpose from that for which it is currently being used
Q15: Regularisation CertificatesA:
Introduced into the Building Regulations in 1994 this facility enables us to certify that unauthorised work, (ie extensions or alterations undertaken without reference to a Building Control Surveyor) carried out since 1985 is to an acceptable standard
Q16: What are the pitfalls?A:
It is the duty of both the person having the work done and the builder to comply with the Building Regulations
Q17: What are the technical requirements of building regulations?A:
The technical requirements of the building regulations are categorised under various headings
Q18: What decision options are available to the Building Control Surveyor?A:
There are three options available for the Surveyor dealing with your Full Plans application
Q19: What do I do before commencing building work?A:
Two days before any building work starts either the person having the work carried out or the builder should notify the Building Control Surveyor that the work is about to start
Q20: What is it all about?A:
Control relating to buildings can be traced back to the Great Fire of London in 1666, following which Charles II decreed that walls between buildings must be constructed of brick or stone, and buildings with timber classing must be built far enough apart to prevent the spread of fire from one to another
Q21: What other functions does Building Control at Spelthorne undertake?A:
Dealing with dangerous buildings or structures
Q22: What other type approvals exist?A:
A similar type approval system is operated by the local authorities for non-residential buildings and for building systems
Q23: What technical information will the Building Control Surveyor require?A:
The Building Control Surveyor may at any stage of work request further information, such as structural calculations and drawings to show that the work does not present a fire hazard or any other risk to fire safety and a materials specification may also be required
Q24: When can the building notice procedure be used?A:
This procedure may be used as an alternative to full plans except where the work involves building over or near a public sewer or the building is a workplace