Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Building Regulations Approval ~ required if  "Building Work'' as defined in Regulation 3 of the Building Regulations is proposed. This includes:

• Construction or extension of a building.
• Alterations to an existing building that would bring into effect any of the complying regulations.
• Installing replacement windows where the installer is not known to the local Building Control Authority as being a ``competent'' registered installer, e.g. FENSA (FENestration Self Assessment) scheme.
• Alteration or installation of building services and fittings that bring into effect any of the complying regulations.
• Installation of cavity wall insulation.
• Underpinning of a building's foundations.
• Change of purpose or use of a building.

"Competent'' persons are appropriately qualified and experienced to the satisfaction of a relevant scheme organiser. For example, Capita Group's ``Gas Safe Register'' of engineers for gas installation and maintenance services. They can ``self certify'' that their work complies with Building Regulations, thereby removing the need for further inspection.

Local Authority Building Control ~ the established procedure as set out diagrammatically on the preceding page with an application form of the type shown on page 61 and accompanying documents as indicated on the next page.

Private Sector Building Control ~ an alternative, where suitably qualified and experienced inspectors approved by the local authority undertake the application approval and site inspections.

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