Building Control: What is it and why do I need it?

Date published: 17 August 2018
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If you are in need of some Building Control advice, why not consider West Lindsey’s Building Control team?

Building control exists to make sure your new home or extension is safe, well built and energy efficient, meeting today’s standards for homes, and are in accordance with building regulations. It is there to safeguard your home and those around you.

Our qualified building control surveyors will check your plans to make sure your proposed design and project specification meet the full range of building standards including: structural integrity, fire safety, acoustic performance, ventilation, accessibility and energy efficiency. Identifying potential problems at this stage will save you time, trouble and expense.

When you and your builder are ready to start on site we will agree a schedule of inspections. This will allow us to check the works at critical stages of construction and help with any technical queries. We offer a same day inspection service, are available for advice anytime during normal office hours and don’t forget our team of experienced and qualified surveyors know your local area and its site conditions.

At the end of the project we will provide you with a completion certificate, this is an important legal document which you will need when you come to sell your home.

What permissions do I need?

Not all building works require planning permission; but most do require building control approval. Structural alterations such as removing load-bearing walls or chimney breasts, home extensions or loft conversions. Even if you have planning permission it is still likely building control approval will be needed.

You are required by law to submit a building regulations application. If you are unsure whether your work will need building control approval we will be happy to advise you.

How can Building Control help me?

We are happy to work with your builder to provide a professional seamless approach to your building work. Builders value our technical expertise, prompt efficient service and the convenience of a practical and responsive team.

West Lindsey District Council building control are here to help you achieve your goals of a well built, good quality building project. We offer expert, independent and impartial advice.

What do homeowners say?

Very professional from start to finish. Couldn't have wished for better service.”

“The Building Inspector visited both times as arranged.  He was professional, friendly and happy to answer questions and explain matters as they related to our particular circumstances.”

“We needed advise on our application, your surveyor visited our property and used their professional knowledge and experience and was extremely helpful.”

How do I get in touch with Building Control?

If you are considering having building work carried out and you are unsure if it will require building regulations consent please feel free to get in touch with West Lindsey Building Control on 01427 676672 and we will be happy to advise you.

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