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Book a site inspection

Change of telephone number

The telephone number for building control has changed to 01604 526045.

We make statutory and routine inspections during the construction stage of the works to check compliance with the building regulations and other allied legislation and guidance.

Before you book an inspection make sure you have the following information ready:

  • Reference number and/or site address
  • Contact name and number of the person on site
  • Work requiring inspection/ inspection type
  • Date of inspection

Please note we require 24 hours notice for all site inspections. Therefore, please ensure you contact us at least one working day before the required inspection.

Alternatively, you can call 01604 526045 to book a site inspection with our technical support team.

In order to book an inspection through our online form or by phone, we will need to have received your application and fee first.

Site inspections

A large part of the Building Control service is the inspection of your project as the work progresses. Your project will be inspected regularly and it is important we are called in to inspect the following ten stages.

Not all of these inspections will be relevant to every project but please ensure that your builder calls us out at the relevant stages. If inspections have been missed this can cause problems with the issuing of your completion certificate.

1. Commencement

When your builder starts on site please give us a call. This will give us a chance to get to know your builder, discuss how the project will proceed and agree the stages at which the property should be inspected.

2. Excavation of foundations

It is very important that we are called in at this stage as the foundations are fundamental to the success of the project. We will assess the ground and site conditions and ensure that the foundations are suitable for the building proposed.

3. Foundation concrete

If 'strip concrete' foundations are used we will check that the concrete has been properly placed and is of sufficient thickness. This visit is not necessary if 'trench fill concrete' or 'piled foundations' are used.

4. Damp-proof course

When the builder is ready to start building the walls we will inspect the work to ensure that a suitable damp proof course has been installed.

5. Casting of concrete oversite

When your builder is ready to concrete your floor slab we will visit to check that the ground has been properly prepared, that there is adequate floor insulation in place and that a suitable damp proof membrane has been provided.

6. Drainage

Before any new drains are covered up we should be called in so that we can ensure they have been correctly installed and connected up.

7. Drainage testing

On major projects we will ask to carry out an air test on the new drainage system to ensure there are no leaks.

8. Pre-plaster, floor structures, roof structures and beams

We will try to inspect suspended floor structures, roofs, structural beams, sanitary drainage and electrical work before they are covered up to ensure they are suitably sized and have been correctly installed.

9. Occupation

If you wish to occupy part of your project before it is complete we will inspect that area of the project to ensure that it complies with the Building Regulations and that it is safe for you to move in.

10. Completion

Our final inspection here we will inspect the work to ensure that it has been finished off in compliance with the Building Regulations. Once your project has been satisfactorily completed we will issue you with a completion certificate; you may need this if you wish to sell your house.

Last updated 18 January 2024