- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
- Specialist wikis
Last edited 21 Oct 2020
Building regulations inspections
The Building Regulations set out requirements for specific aspects of building design and construction. Building regulations approvals can be sought either from the building control department of the local authority or from an approved inspector. The approval may involve desk studies to verify submitted information and / or inspections.
Very small projects and changes to an existing buildings can obtain building regulations approval purely by inspection. Larger, new-build projects, will generally require a 'full plans' application, meaning that full details of the proposed building works are submitted for approval before the works are carried out, and then inspections are carried out to ensure that the works have been undertaken in accordance with the approved information.
- Excavation, (before excavations are filled).
- Foundations (before they are covered up).
- Laying of damp proof courses.
- Installation of new drains (before covering up).
- Construction of the primary structure.
- Installation of insulation.
- Roof construction.
Advance notice of the progress of the works must be given to the relevant building control body so that they are able to schedule inspections at the appropriate times. If the appropriate inspections have not been carried out, a completion certificate may not be issued, and it may be necessary to open up parts of the works so that inspections can be carried out.
NB: Competent person self-certifications schemes (or competent person schemes) introduced in 2002 allow registered installers (mostly small firms or sole traders) who are competent in their field to self-certify certain types of building work. See Competent person self-certifications schemes for more information.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
BSRIA explores US share of 2020 VRF market.
New fire safety requirement comes into force.
Different types of bridges are meant to move.
A logical approach to handling the internal voice of self doubt.
First fashionable in the US, decorative metal has become globally desirable.
Helping communities preserve and enhance historic environments.
Creating comfortable climates despite extreme temperatures.
Study examines how adjustable arrangements can succeed.
Government announces plans to improve accessibility.
Resource addresses pandemic-related NEC4 contract issues.
Incorporating EDI into the provision of fair access.
Government announces global innovation strategy.