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What is Building Control?

The building control system exists to ensure that buildings are designed and constructed in accordance with the Building Regulations and associated legislation.

We offer the full range of advice and services in relation to all aspects of Building Control. Guidance is given through the Approved Documents which give general advice on structural stability, fire resistance, weather resistance, thermal insulation etc.

The new Civic Hall during construction

Building control also deals with the administration of demolitions notices, competent persons schemes and provision of a 24 hour response to dangerous structures.

The Building Regulations apply to building work in England and Wales and set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the health, safety, welfare and convenience of persons in or about buildings. They also include requirements furthering the conservation of fuel and power, preventing waste or undue consumption of water and facilitating sustainable development.

Our Building Control team is responsible for the building control function within the Borough and is organised into three area teams (Area 1, Area 2 and Area 3). Each team carries out the whole range of building control functions within its area including plan checking, site inspections, dealing with demolitions and dangerous structures, administration of competent persons schemes and certificated work.

Application forms and guidance are available online and you can also contact our duty surveyor to answer general questions relating to construction within the borough. Please contact Customer Services or ask at our main reception for more information (see our Contact us page for details).

Last updated: 3 February 2015 14:56 PM