The building control service processes building regulation applications and makes sure that building work meets minimum standards in the following areas:
- Energy conservation
- Access facilities for disabled people
To meet these standards there are guidelines about the construction of foundations, floors, wall, roofs and drains.
The laws about buildings and fire safety are particularly complex, and it is advisable to seek advice at an early stage if you intend to make alterations to factories, shops, offices, hotels and boarding houses.
What we do
Building regulation applications are considered by the building control section. The main functions of this section are as follows:
- We ensure that building work is carried out to the standards required by the building regulations
- We provide help and advice both before and after work has started, that is subject to the building regulations
- We provide help and advice for places of public entertainment and safety of sports grounds
- We provide help and advice for dangerous structures including the issuing of appropriate notices
- We issue scaffolding and hoarding licences
- We arrange for the appropriate notices and action for demolitions
Our aim is to provide a helpful, professional service to protect you and your environment.
What is building control?
Information about the current regulations and principles of building control.
A guide to applying for building regulation permission
A full guide to building regulation permission including applying online, charges and the application process.
You can report a dangerous structure or building to us day or night. A structure or building is considered dangerous if it poses a risk to public safety.
If you are having construction or refurbishment work done, you may need to notify the Health and Safety Executive and you may have other duties as well.