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Building Control


Building Control administers the councils’ duties set out in the Building Act 1984 opens in a new window and other relevant building legislation. We also provide a service to our customers working alongside designers and contractors to achieve compliance with the regulations.
We seek to ensure that all new building work complies with the appropriate standards, that the health and safety of people in and about buildings is not compromised and that the welfare and convenience of people with disabilities are catered for satisfactorily.
Building Regulations opens in a new window are minimum standards laid down by Parliament to secure the health and safety of people in or about buildings. They set functional requirements and standards for the design and construction of buildings, the provision of services and fittings, and the conservation of fuel and power and access facilities.
The earliest form of Building Regulations dates back to the Public Health Act of 1876, where bylaws were brought into effect, governing the way in which buildings could be built.
Building Regulation consent should not be confused with Planning Permission, in many cases both types of consents will be required our guidance note explains the difference in more detail.  

Electronic Applications - The Fast and Efficient Option

Send in your next Building Control application by visiting the Submit-a-Plan opens in a new window website.
Submit-a-Plan enables anyone, with access to the web, to submit Building Control applications electronically to Local Authorities across the country free of charge.
It is fast and efficient option compared to printing and posting and will help to reduce your carbon footprint.
The main benefits of Electronic Submission are:
  1. It's free of charge to use.
  2. It's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  3. There's no printing or postage required
  4. To register and submit applications is simple
  5. Applications can be managed and tracked online
  6. It reduces your carbon footprint

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