Completion certificates - building regulations
A completion certificate is the evidence that a building or home improvement project has building regulations approval. You may be asked for it when you sell or remortgage a property.
Notice of Completion
It is the homeowners/named applicants responsibility to inform the authority of completion of work within five days.
At the time of Completion, the regulations require a signed statement from the homeowner, principal contractors, and principal designer (where necessary) confirming that, to the best of your knowledge, the work complies with all applicable requirements of the building regulations.
To assist you in meeting your obligations we have created a form for you to complete and return before you arrange your completion inspection.
Regulation 16 4A completion notice (PDF, 223KB)
Asking for a completion certificate for an application
Regulation 17 places a requirement on the Local Authority to issue a completion certificate, where works have been completed and the Authority has been notified not more than 5 days after the work has been completed. Where such notification has not been issued within this period, the Authority is under no obligation to issue a completion certificate.
The regulations allow the authority 8 weeks to issue a completion certificate however, Cheshire East Building Control aim to issue completion certificates within 24 hours of a satisfactory completion inspection.
Where works have been completed and no inspections have been undertaken within the last 12 months, but no greater than 5 years, an additional charge will apply. Please contact the Building Control Service for the appropriate charge.
Where works have been completed over 5 years prior to notification of completion is received a certificate would only be issued under exceptional circumstances, agreed by Building Control.
Lost completion certificates
We can issue further copies of completion certificates for a small charge where appropriate. Private approved inspectors would need to be contacted for copies of final certificates.
No completion certificate
If you have completed works without building regulations approval you must apply for a regularisation certificate whereby the authority can retrospectively inspect works for building regulations compliance
Page last reviewed: 27 November 2023
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