Our vision is for a building control system which ensures buildings are safe, healthy, accessible and sustainable for current and future generations
What are they and why do we need them?'
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 provide a minimum level of acceptable building practice and design.
Building Regulations are necessary so that the minimum standards of design and construction for new buildings, alterations and extensions are met in order to:
- safeguard the health and safety of persons in and around the buildings
- to conserve energy through insulation and control usage
- to provide access and facilities for disabled persons
The building control service will:
provide a checking service to help achieve compliance with building standards
support and advise customers on how to end up with the result they want, but will not be a substitute for professional design and construction advice
help with aspects of quality (workmanship and materials) where these affect compliance with building standards, but not where they do not affect compliance
ensure that all building standards which are set in the interests of the wider public good have been complied with at completion.
The building control service will not:
Be responsible for compliance
that is the duty of the person carrying out the work. If work is found not to comply with building standards the person responsible could be prosecuted and the owner of the building may be required to put the work right
Manage every stage of the construction process on-site
that is a matter for the contracts and arrangements between the client and builder
Address issues such as the finish and aesthetics of the final project where these are not relevant to compliance with building standards
these are a matter for designers, developers, builders and, to some extent, new home warranty providers
Deal with contractual problems between client and builder
this is a matter of contract law.
The roles and responsibilities of those involved in the building control system
Construction industry (architects, engineers, designers, surveyors, builders, construction companies, developers, representative bodies, etc)
Designs and builds to meet the required standard, clear understanding of the building control system and its role (eg to notify the building control service at agreed stages).
Building owner (householder, landowner, property owner)
Ultimately responsible for compliance of any building work undertaken, familiar with the aims of the building control system (to meet the needs of current and future users of the building, not just their own expectations).