Residential Building Control Projects

As an independent Approved Inspector, we are authorised by the Government and licensed by the Construction Industry Council Approved Inspectors Register (CICAIR Ltd) to carry out Building Control anywhere in England and Wales

Building Consents believes that our knowledge and experience in Building Control is incomparable. Our building control surveyors are experienced and qualified in all domestic building types and their extensive skills and proactive mentality can help your project run effortlessly and efficiently.

We work on variety of residential projects including but not limited to Extensions, Loft Conversions, Conservatories, Re-Roofs.

Our Building Control services are offered throughout England and Wales. We provide a First Class service, designed to suit your individual project needs.

Most of our building control surveyors have an HNC, HND or a degree or an equivalent qualification, and are normally accredited member of a professional body such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building Engineers (CABE) or The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). 

We are familiar with homeowners' projects to create more space, whether it’s a kitchen extension or a new room in the roof. We submit your Initial Notice, check your plans for compliance with regulations controlling fire, structure, thermal insulation and water ingress and come out to site to make sure the work is satisfactory. We make sure that all UK building control regulations are considered.

By being part of the overall design and construction process we can help you to make sure your buildings are safe and healthy for future occupiers. We will also consult with you, so you know which building regulations you should pay extra attention to
It's important that your designs are right first time to save you the time and expense of changing them. We work with you at each stage to make sure we document and audit your design and then inspect the work in progress at key stages. We keep you informed at every step of your journey until your project is completed. We go the extra mile to work with you to problem solve at an early stage. 

A great number of our contractors often return to us with new projects, displaying how our level of services makes us their chosen approved inspector. Our cost-effective pricing structure also means that we can work with you without the need to exceed you budget. 
First, we undertake a thorough plan check to make sure you meet the requirements and, if necessary, consult with the fire service and water authority. If you have a complex project and have hired experts in fire engineering or acoustics for instance, we let them do their job but can add value to the project by ensuring their work is recognised as part of the overall Building Regulations compliance.

Next, we inspect the building on site. At key stages we’ll come out and ensure your work complies with the latest regulations. We’re not a clerk of works and cannot see every element but by spot checks at the right moment. By looking at your methods of construction and overall approach we can be reassured that the final project is compliant. If we spot anything wrong we’ll tell you straight away and work with you to make sure problems don’t re-occur.

The regulations are supported by “Approved Documents” that set out guidance on how to comply with the regulations and cover areas such as:
Structure: All buildings have to be designed and built to be structurally sound. This not only includes new buildings or extensions but any internal alterations affecting a load bearing wall or floor, beam or even a chimney breast. 
Electrical safety: If you add new fittings such as fuse boxes or plugs, change the electrics in a bathroom or shower area or install new electrical wiring. 
Installation of heating appliances: Installing or replacing an existing boiler, adding extra radiators or installing a fuel burning appliance. 
Fire: There are minimum standards for the fire resistance of building components as well as rules for the safe means of escape from buildings. 
Plumbing: Installing a new bathroom or kitchen. 
Ventilation: Fitting new external windows and doors can require permission. Other regulations cover aspects such as thermal insulation, sound transmission, drainage and waste disposal.

The following common home improvement projects are generally exempt:

  • Replacement of baths, sinks, basins or toilets. 
  • Alterations to electrical circuits which are not situated close to baths or showers. 
  • Unheated small conservatories / porches separated from a property by a door 
  • Carports attached to a property with at least two sides 
  • Greenhouses and sheds (subject to size and use

For an informal discussion about your project, or to discuss our services feel free to contact us or request a quote