Site Inspections

Building Control Officers inspect building work to check it complies with Building Regulations. These are independent checks that help to protect you and your builder from substandard work. 

Booking site inspections

We aim to make inspections on the same day you call when you request a visit before 10.00am. Otherwise we will visit on the next working day.

To book a site inspection call us on 01270 375256 or 01270 375278

To obtain a site inspection you need to have submitted a Building Control Application prior to requesting a visit.

The inspections, which Building Control undertake should not be confused with full site supervision. Many architects and surveyors are able to offer site supervision in addition to their design services.

When to notify us

You should notify building control of certain stages of work if the building work is being carried out for you. If you use a builder it is common practice for them to notify building control on your behalf but you should agree this with them.

The relevant stages (where applicable) and their statutory period of notice are:

Period of notice required for site inspections
Site InspectionWorks to be assessedPeriod of notice required
Commencement To enable the proposed works to be discussed 24 hours
 Excavation  To ensure foundations are excavated to a satisfactory depth 24 hours
Concrete in foundations To ensure that the concrete has been laid correctly 24 hours
Damp-proof course To ensure that the DPC has been laid correctly 24 hours
Concrete oversite To check the preparation for the oversite concrete 24 hours
 Drains Drains laid and before covering 24 hours
Drains inspection and test  Testing of drains for water tightness after covering 24 hours
Occupation of building Check prior to occupation 5 days prior to occupation
Final completion Final check Within 5 days of completion
Before covering any structural timbers, steelwork or concrete This is not a mandatory inspection but is recommended 24 hours
Before covering electrical installation (only required if electrics are not installed by a Competent Electrician) To check correct installation of cables in walls, floors and ceilings 48 hours


Contact us

Building Control

01270 375256

Municipal Buildings
Earle Street

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