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Site inspections

We operate a zero tolerance policy to disrespectful behaviour on site visits

We inspect building work to make sure it meets building regulations requirements. We may also carry out routine site inspections without notifying you first. Our inspections should not be used instead of either:

  • full supervision
  • workmanship/quality checks

You'll need to arrange these yourself.

You, your agent, or your builder must tell us when work on your site reaches each of the statutory stages below. Give notice over the phone or in writing.

Site inspections are the same for full plans applications and building notices.

Site inspection notification

If your project involves any of the stages below, you must notify us so we can inspect the site. In most cases, you need to give a day's notice. Some inspections (such as occupation and completion inspections) need five days' notice.

Inspection requests received before 9.30am can usually be inspected on the same day. We are unable to provide timed appointments.

Our site inspections will take place Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays), between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

How to book an inspection

  • Download the free LABC Inspection request app to book online. Select Guildford Borough Council from the dropdown list of local authorities when booking.
  • Call our case officers on 01483 444545, Monday to Friday, during office hours.

You need to make sure there is someone available to meet our surveyor on site.

Statutory Site inspections

Stages of work at which you need to arrange a site inspection
Stage of workNotice requiredMore information

Commencement

2 days

 

Before excavating foundations

1 day

We may visit more than once.

Before covering foundations

1 day

We can inspect this at the same time as the
covering of the oversite and/or the damp
proofing.

Before covering oversite

1 day

We will check if you've made good
preparations and make sure the roof
membrane overlaps with the dpc course

Before covering the damp proof course
and/or membrane

1 day

We check the course has been laid correctly
and that it's the right height.

Laying drains (before covering drains/sewers)

1 day

We check all access, cleaning, and rodding
points. We advise you test the drains before
backfilling.

Testing drains for water tightness

1 day

You should use an air or water test for above
and below ground drainage (and all fittings).
Do the test after they've been covered.

Before occupation

5 days

 

Completion

5 days

 


Additional Site Inspection Notification

We also welcome notice of the following stages of work.

Stages of work at which we would appreciate notification

Stage of work

Notice required

More information

Before covering floor joists or structure

1 day

 

Before covering steel work or reinforcement

1 day

 

Before covering insulation

1 day

We check thermal, fire and sound insulation.

Before covering the roof

1 day

 

Before covering new electrical work

1 day

Only needed if the worker was not registered
with an authorised part P competent persons
scheme.

Once electrical installation is complete

2 weeks

Only needed if the worker was not registered
with an authorised part P competent persons
scheme. After the installation, give notice so
our consultant can inspect and test the work.

Once someone registered with an
authorised Part P competent
persons scheme has finished
electrical safety tests

N/A

We need a competent person to issue a Building
Regulation Compliance Certificate within 30
days of the installation.