1. What are Building Regulations?

Building Regulations are rules designed to ensure health, safety, accessibility and energy conservation in and about buildings.

2. When Do I Need Building Regulation Approval?

3. Why use ALL BUILDING CONTROL as opposed to the Local Authority?

The single biggest advantage is that we can work within all geographical locations but the Local Authorities generally work within the confines of their own borough. This means by using us you don’t need to go through a different process and different inspectors every time you start a new project.

4. When Don’t I Need Building Regulation Approval?

By using a tradesman or installer who is self-certified by way of a competent persons scheme. The most common self-certifications are for electrical works (NICEIC), boilers installations (Gas Safe), windows replacement (FENSA) and cavity wall insulation (CIGA). A full list of schemes can be found on the www.gov.uk website.

5.Which type of buildings do ALL BUILDING CONTROL work on?

All types such as: residential, commercial, mixed use, educational and healthcare. We also also work on more niche building types such as rail, infrastructure, listed buildings, and industrial premises. Some buildings are technically exempt such as Railway, MOD and Crown Premises but they tend to comply in any case and ALL BUILDING CONTROL can advise on these as necessary.

6. What happens if works have already started building works?

Neither ALL BUILDING CONTROL or any other Approved Inspector can approve works that have already commenced, only the Local Authority can do that. If however the work you have started is merely some predatory work or stripping out then we can help but you cannot start the regulatable works until the Initial Notice is confirmed.

7. What happens if I have completed work without applying for Building Control?

You will need to make a Regularisation application to the local authority. This will inevitably involve opening-up works and possibly provision of other items such as structural calculations and services installation certificates. We can assist the process for you.

8. What is the difference between Planning Permission and Building Regulations?

Planning Permission rules determine whether you can go ahead with a building project essentially based on Appearance and Use whereas the Building Regulations set technical standards for the design and construction of buildings.

9. What geographical area does ALL BUILDING CONTROL cover?

10. When can I start on site?

When you instruct ALL BUILDING CONTROL you are appointing us to act on your behalf. As part of the Building Regulations process ALL BUILDING CONTROL will notify your local authority of your intended building work and you may start work just as soon as this Initial Notice has been accepted, usually by default after 5 working days or sooner should we receive acknowledgment from the local authority before that.

11. What is the process for ALL BUILDING CONTROL building control?

After submitting the initial notice to the local authority ALL BUILDING CONTROL takes on the responsibility for plan checking and site inspections. Also, a Fire and a Sewer consultation will be undertaken if the job requires it. If your job is satisfactorily completed, we will issue a Final Certificate. A copy will also be issued to the Local Authority. When you come to sell your property a solicitor or estate agent enquiry will reveal the works were regulated and satisfactorily completed.

12. How long will the Initial Notice stay active once registered with the Local Authority?

Like the planning permission, the Initial Notice will stay active for 3 years once registered however only if works have not started. If the works have started there is no time limit for the works to then be completed. We can issue you a commencement inspection report, as evidence of a start of works within the expiration date of your planning permission.

13. Invoicing

Our accountants reconcile the invoices once a month. If you want a remittance of your payment contact the office.

14. What if you find an issue after the job is signed off?