What are Building Regulations?
These are a set of rules that help to ensure high standards of building and construction that must be applied when a building is built or altered. The rules make the building safe, efficient and accessible for the people that use them, limit building waste and limit environmental damage.
For detailed information about building regulations in England click on this link.
For detailed information about building regulations in Scotland click on this link.
For detailed information about building regulations in Wales click on this link.
For detailed information about building regulations in Northern Ireland click on this link.
What does an independent approved inspector do?
An independent approved inspector will be able to give advice and check the standard of building work during the project. Both you and the independent inspector should notify the local authority that an independent inspector is carrying out this aspect of the project. This is called an ‘Initial Notice’. The Inspector will visit the project for routine and statutory inspections to ensure building regulations are met any related legislation is complied with.
What aspects of building work need to comply with building regulations?
Actually there are rules covering almost everything. There is some very useful information at http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/ where, for each of the topics listed below, it explains when you are likely to need building regulations approval.
Adverts and signs, basements, biomass, boilers and heating, ceilings and floors, change of use, community right to build, conservatories, decking, demolition, doors and windows, drains and sewers, electrics, extensions, external walls, fascias, fences, gates and garden walls, flats and maisonettes, flues, chimneys or soil and vent pipes, flues for biomass and combined heat and power systems (non- domestic), fuel tanks, garage conversion, gate ornaments, heat pumps, heat pumps (non-domestic), high hedges, hydro electricity, insulation, internal walls, kitchens and bathrooms, lighting, loft conversion, micro-CHP (Combined Heat and Power), neighbourhood planning, outbuildings, patios and driveways, paving your front garden, porch, roof, sat/TV/radio antenna, self build homes, shops, solar panels, solar panels (non domestic), trees and hedges, underpinning, warehouses and industrial buildings, working from Home and wind turbines.
Issuing a Building Regulations Certificate
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is responsible for approving all those who apply to become inspectors. If you also wish to have your Building Work Inspected and a Certificate issued, we recommend you check your chosen supplier is an Approved Inspector licensed by the Construction Industry Council (CIC).
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