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Local Authorities have many statutory obligations which involve an enforcement role to ensure compliance with national standards enabled by Acts of Parliament.

The first English Building Regulations followed the great fire of London in 1667 to limit the spread of fire between buildings.

The purpose of the regulations is to ensure that buildings are constructed to a minimum standard so that they are safe, not a danger to public health and safety and to further the ideal of conservation of fuel and power.

For decades, architects, engineers, agents, contractors, project managers and trades people have become accustomed to our regulatory approach. Today the whole construction industry uses the Building Regulations 2010 (as amended) and the associated Approved Documents for day-to-day guidance to satisfy national building standards.

The essential functions of Building Control comprise:
  • Ensure compliance with the Building Regulations.
  • Advise householders, building professionals, contractors and trades people of legislative requirements.
  • Safeguard the investments of individuals and companies.
  • Encourage innovation to produce energy efficient and sustainable buildings.
  • Enhance access for disabled, sick, young and old people.
  • Protect the community from dangerous structures.
  • Support local, regional and national businesses.
  • Defend vulnerable communities and householders from rogue traders.
  • Provide advice in support of the emergency services.

Once an application is received, a Surveyor will examine your submitted details to ensure they satisfy the Building Regulations at which time an approval notice will be issued. You may wish to consider filing this document with your deeds as it will almost certainly be required should the property be sold.

The Local Authority also has a duty to inspect your building work once it has commenced and at various stages of the construction process. You or your builder must notify the Building Control Section at that time, preferably the day before a visit is required. The Surveyor will meet with the applicant and builder upon commencement of work to discuss the details of the project and agree an inspection and notification regime until satisfactory completion of the work has been achieved. A completion certificate will then be issued. Once again you may wish to consider filing this document with your deeds.

Building Control will give free pre-design advice on appropriate developments. We are able to bring together other professional officers within the Council's Service and where necessary other statutory authorities with involvement in the construction or ongoing use of the building.

Please Contact a member of the Building Control team for further information including how to apply for approval, a fee quotation or further assistance and advice on our role in the design process.

Redcar and Cleveland's Building Control team operate using time served, regularly updated standard operating procedures. Our activities are routinely monitored to ensure consistency and accuracy in the application and implementation of the Regulations and delivery of our function. This enables us to offer customers a dependable high quality service that includes a prompt turn round for plan checking, with supporting details and requests for information being assessed within a realistic timescale from date of receipt, together with a pragmatic inspection regime undertaken within hours of a request being made.

We are a member of Local Authority Building Control (LABC) services - part of a national network of Local Authority Building Control Bodies. Various nationally based schemes are run by LABC services which greatly increases the services that individual Authorities can offer. To find out more visit the LABC services website: www.labc.uk.com Guides and other useful documents to help you understand the Building Regulations and Building Control process, together with general advice on Building Projects can be accessed on the LABC library web pages.

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