Building regulations are the established minimum national standards that most building design, construction and alteration works in the UK must comply with. They ensure relevant building work is carried out to a high standard, meets health and safety guidelines besides energy conservation, security and building access. Building Regulations apply even if planning consent isn’t required.
The Approved Documents have been compiled by Government to provide guidance for how each ‘Part’ of the building can be complied. Topics include structural, fire protection, accessibility, energy, drainage, electrical and gas and more besides.
Responsibilities for checking these have been met fall to building control bodies either from local authority, private sector or an approved inspector. On appointment, they serve an initial notice on the Council’s public register. During construction, refurbishment and fitout works, an Approved Inspector records relevant information to ensure you comply. A final certificate will be issued to you and the local authority on completion.
Here at OC Projects Ltd we have approved inspectors within our approved supply chain to simplify your building works, refurbishment or fitout project with less personnel, organisations for you to be concerned about or who else to contact. Contact us for further details.
The difference between building control and planning permission
Planning permission is about whether you can go ahead with a building project in terms of its effect on neighbouring properties and the wider environment.
Building Regulations in contract, set standards for design and construction to make sure that projects are built to the minimum standards.
If refurbishment and building alteration works are carried out that don’t comply, final sign-offs and final certificates cannot be issued. Additional works and costs may be incurred later and necessary should the building be sold in time. You may also be subject to enforcement notices and prosecution if it goes further.
OC Projects Ltd is your one-stop shop provider for your complete design, build, refurbishment and fitout project. We act as your Architect, Quantity Surveyor, Cost Consultant, Principal Designer, Principal Contractor, Project Manager to see your project through from initiation stage to sign-off and certification. Contact us today with your requirements.