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Welcome to building control

LABC logoBC logoWelcome to Runnymede Building Control
A Member of the Surrey Building Control Partnership



What is Building Control?

The Building Control system exists to ensure that buildings are designed and constructed in accordance with the Building Regulations & Associated Legislation.

The Building Regulations are a national set of regulations made under the powers of the Building Act 1984. They provide guidance through Approved Documents, which ensure a minimum standard of design and construction for new buildings, alterations and extensions.

These standards

  • safeguard the health and safety of persons in and around the buildings
  • conserve energy through insulation, and control usage
  • provide access and facilities for disabled persons

How does the Building Control system work?

Building control generally operates as a two-stage process.

The first stage (known as the plan stage) involves the applicant submitting a Building Regulation application either in the form of a Building Notice or a Full Plans application. The application will be examined by a Building Control Surveyor to ensure that the submitted information fully comply with the requirements of the Building Regulations.

The second stage (inspection stage) starts when work commences on site. Following notification by the client or his/her builder, a series of site visits are made to check that the works on site are also carried out in compliance with the Building Regulations.

Planning/Building Control - The Relationship

Planning Control and Building Control are two entirely separate pieces of building law, and require separate applications.

Planning Act deals with the correct us of the land, the appearance of the proposed building and the effect that the development will have on the general environment and neighbouring properties.

Building Regulations deal with the way that the building is constructed e.g. its structural stability, fire resistance, weather resistance etc.

Works requiring Building Regulation approval:-

  • Erect or re-erect a building or part of a building
  • Extending a building
  • Carry out external or internal alterations to a building that affect structural, fire safety and disabled provisions
  • Convert a roof space
  • Recover roofs or re-clad buildings with different materials
  • Carry out underpinning
  • Change the use of a building or part of a building
  • Replace windows and doors
  • Insert cavity insulation
  • Install unvented hot water systems
  • Provision, extension or alteration of:-
  • Washing and sanitary facilities and fittings
  • Sanitary pipework
  • Foul and rainwater drainage
  • Sewage treatment plants and hearths
  • Fuel storage installations
  • Hot water storage and controls
  • Electrical installations to dwellings

The above is for guidance and is not an exhaustive list. Guidance should also be sought from your local Building Control department.

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