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The building control team can still be contacted on 01483 444545 or by email buildingcontrol@guildford.gov.uk. Following Government guidance on Covid-19 we are currently providing a very limited site inspection service where we do not need to enter living accommodation and where social distancing can be exercised. We are also processing and plan checking building regulations applications, overseeing dangerous structures, processing demolitions notices and competent person scheme records, providing fee quotations and answering general enquiries.  

Submitting an application
The easiest way to submit an application to us is via our online portal service  www.guildford.gov.uk/bconline  using the Council's online service or the Planning Portal's Building Control service

Making payments
You can either pay online www.guildford.gov.uk/paybuildingcontrol or by calling on 01483 444545. 

Updated Site Operating Procedures from the Construction Leadership Council

Building Control

Our Building Control service is independent, impartial and not for profit.

Our highly qualified and experienced staff make sure that buildings are constructed to meet the standards set out in the Building Regulations.

We are committed to providing all our customers, from householders to major developers, with a proactive, efficient, reliable, high quality, value for money service.

We are members of Local Authority Building Control (LABC), the UK's leading national Building Control service and locally the LABC Surrey network. These networks help partnership working, sharing best practice and consistency in building regulation interpretation. We are also a member of the LABC Partner Authority Scheme where you can submit applications to us for work throughout England and Wales.

Based in a central location, our office is no more than 12 miles away from any site in the borough.

Why choose us?

We offer:

  • experienced and qualified staff - our professionally qualified and experienced team of Building Control surveyors have many years' experience between them working on a wide range of projects of all sizes and complexities.

  • detailed knowledge of the local area - being locally based, we have extensive knowledge of ground conditions and site history that can prove invaluable to the success of your project.

  • efficient inspection service - same day site inspection service (if you contact us by 9.30am on 01483 444545).

  • value - our service is charged at cost.

  • access to professional advice and expertise - we offer free pre-application advice and ongoing assistance through to completion of your application.

  • proactive and strong working relationships - we liaise closely with Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, LABC and also local engineering firms who provide us with advice on a range of structural matters.

  • quality - we continually monitor our performance and have achieved industry recognised standard for Quality Assurance, ISO 9001:2015. In 2017-18 89.4% of our customers rated our service as good or excellent.

  • online submission service - our online submission service is available 24 hours a day and we provide a Building Control fee calculator for your application. Building Control applications can also be made online via the Building Control application service on the Planning Portal. Registration is easy and you can complete your application form, buy site location plans and upload supporting documents.

  • added value - we organise CPD seminars and training updates for local agents, architects, builders and contractors, aiming to inform attendees about important changes to building regulations and legislation. (CPD certificates are issued following attendance).

  • warranties and developer services - we can offer competitive structural warranties and a complete range of complementary services covering structural and fire engineering consultancy, acoustic testing, energy calculations through the LABC Warranty and LABC Consult.

You can view LABC's video for an overview of how the Building Control process works.

Please note, The Party Wall Act is not administered by Building Control but further information is available at www.gov.uk/party-wall-etc-act-1996-guidance