Last edited 12 Jan 2021

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What happens if you fail to comply with building regulations


[edit] Introduction

The first set of national building standards was introduced in 1965. Now known as the Building Regulations, they set out:

If you do not follow the building control procedures set out for handling your building work or you carry out building work which does not comply with the requirements contained in the building regulations, you will have contravened the regulations.

[edit] Prosecution and enforcement notices

A local authority has a general duty to enforce the building regulations in its area and will seek to do so by informal means wherever possible. If informal enforcement does not achieve compliance with the regulations the local authority has two formal enforcement powers which it may use in appropriate cases.

A section 36 enforcement notice cannot be served on after the expiration of 12 months from the date of completion of the building work. A local authority also cannot take enforcement action under section 36 if the work is in accordance with a full plans application which the authority approved or failed to reject.

An appeal against a section 36 notice may be made to a Magistrates’ Court under section 102 of the Building Act.

Where an approved inspector is providing the building control service, the responsibility for checking that the building regulations are complied with during the course of building work will lie with that inspector. They will usually do this by advising you.

However, approved inspectors do not have formal enforcement powers. In a situation where the inspector considers building work does not comply with the building regulations and there is a refusal to bring it into compliance the inspector will cancel the initial notice. If no other approved inspector takes on the work, the building control function will automatically be taken on by the local authority. From this point on, the local authority will have the enforcement powers set out above.

[edit] Impact on selling a property

Notwithstanding the possibility of enforcement action, if the local authority or approved inspector considers that building work carried out does not comply with the building regulations and it is not rectified, no completion/final certificate will be issued and this is likely to come to light through a local land search enquiry during the sale of a property.


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What impact does failing to have Building Regs signed off on a rented flat? In this scenario the built project also differs from the submitted and approved planning drawings (won on appeal). What happens to the tenants?

The flat was built just over a year ago. Any help would be appreciated, the landlord is unresponsive on all fronts and very negligent. The flat is oddly very nicely finished and would not raise alarm bells.

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