The majority of construction projects will require Building Control Approval to insure that the Building Regulation Act is adhered to. Usually Building Regulations are applied for from the Local Authority, however it is now possible to use an approved inspector.
The Building Regulation Act was introduced to insure a minimum standard of construction and to protect the building owner against inadequate construction methods. The Building Regulations are separated into 14 parts named A to P. These cover elements of the build such as structure, conservation of fuel & power, access, electrical safety among others.
Domestic projects exempt from Building Regulations Approval are new buildings or extensions that are not habitable rooms and are separated from a main dwelling by an external grade wall, door or window. All other works to a domestic dwelling including internal alterations, loft conversions and extensions will require Building Control Approval.
Building Regulation charges are calculated in three different ways; by cost of construction project, size of construction project or by the number of dwellings created. The fee is payable direct to the Local Authority or approved inspector. Usually the fee is split into two parts; the plan fee (to inspect and approve the plans) and the inspection fee (to inspect and sign off the build).
RPD Building Consultants can prepare the required plans, specifications and construction notes required for Building Regulation Approval, submit the application and act as your agent during the inspection process.
Fees for RPD to provide this service will depend on the size of the project and the scope of service required.