Building regulations are the minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to virtually every building in the United Kingdom.
Building regulations set national standards for building work. They apply to new developments, extensions or alterations to your home and commercial properties. They cover all aspects of construction, including foundations, damp proofing, overall stability of the building, insulation, ventilation, heating, fire protection and means of escape in case of fire. They also ensure that adequate facilities for people with disabilities are provided in certain types of buildings. Most construction projects will require a set of detailed architectural drawings and a specification. These detailed drawings demonstrate how the proposal will comply with building regulations, and become the construction drawings for you contractor.
How can we help?
Here at Highscapes Design we have the knowledge and experience to advance any planning application up to full building regulation standard. We can produce full detailed architectural drawings and a specification pack for submission to your approved building regulation inspector. We can then help project manage and meet the building control officer on site for their periodic visits. We are keen problem solvers and can quickly resolve any problems that may arise during the construction phase that will impact compliance to building regulations.
Building Control Process
An approved building control inspector will check the building regulation pack to ensure they comply with current UK building regulations (available here) prior to works commencing. Once the drawings have been approved, the inspector will periodically visit site whilst the works are being carried out to check everything is up to standard.
The inspector will generally make a site visit at the following stages:
- Commencement of work (statutory)
- Excavations before concrete foundations (statutory)
- Preparation of oversite (statutory)
- Damp proof course (statutory)
- Drains – foul and storm (statutory)
- Drains test (statutory)
- First floor joists
- Roof members
- Occupation before completion (statutory)
- Completion (statutory)
Once the works are completed to a satisfactory standard the approved inspector will issue a completion certificate. Without a completion certificate you risk making your property impossible to sell and un-mortgageable. We would recommend that final payments to contractors wait until you have received the completion certificate from the approved inspector. The building control phase of any project can seem daunting to the client, but it doesn’t have to be. Highscapes Design goal is to make it stress free and exciting for the client as it is the last stage before enjoying your new development. We can help in full or just offer advice on building regulations, so if you have any questions then please contact us.