Building control enforcement policy and procedures

West Lindsey District Council operates a responsive, proactive and helpful building control service, which is delivered with the client in mind. We aim to help developers, businesses and local people achieve successful building projects.

We want to be part of your team from the outset and provide you with the high quality advice and support that can save you time and money, as well as avoiding problems.

When you come to occupy, sell or lease your property you will need to have evidence that the building work you have done satisfies the national building regulations. We will provide all the paperwork you need at the end of the job.

You might ask what happens if the work doesn’t comply with the building regulations. This is quite a complex area and there are various pieces of legislation that apply. It is the role of West Lindsey District Council to resolve any issues and make sure you can get your approval certificates.

Almost always we will be able to sort out any problems with you and work together to get the scheme right. In the most exceptional cases we might need to use some of our legal powers to deal with the more serious issues. There are very few examples of this approach but it is always the final option that we have.

As well as the building regulations our team also deals with some other legal issues relating to the health and safety of buildings. We may need to use our legal powers in cases where a building presents an immediate or likely danger to occupants or the public.

So that you know exactly what will happen West Lindsey District Council has a policy framework for dealing with potential legal issues. This is described in the Building Control Enforcement Policy Framework and broadly covers four distinct areas:

  • building work has been carried out but the person responsible for the work has not made an application for approval under the building regulations
  • works have being carried out which do not comply with the building regulations and could present a hazard of some form to the present or future occupiers
  • the building is dangerous and presents a hazard to safety
  • the building has security, welfare or environmental issues

Unauthorised work and regularisations