Shore provides a professional and personalised Building Control service
Undertaking any building project can be daunting whatever your level of experience and knowledge may be. However. our team of highly skilled and experienced surveyors will support you.
With experience and expertise across a wide range of construction projects, Shore’s surveyors are dedicated to providing a professional, collaborative, quality service, no matter how big or small your project may be.
We will support you with our wealth of industry knowledge, carefully evaluating each project to tailor our services to meet your individual needs and to help you avoid unnecessary delays.
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What is Building Control?
Shore is an Approved Inspector, authorised by Government, and licensed by the Construction Industry Council Approved Inspectors Register, to carry out Building Control anywhere in
England and Wales to ensure that building work meets the requirements of the Building Regulations 2010.
These regulations are standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the safety and health of the people who use them. They also include requirements to ensure energy efficiency (the conservation of fuel and power) and accessibility (providing facilities for people, including those with disabilities, to gain access and move around inside buildings
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We provide support and advice across a range of different construction projects and industry sectors, providing an effective and efficient approach to Building Control from design to completion:
Regardless of the size of your project, we offer the same high quality and professional services from conception through to completion.
Applications should be submitted to us a minimum of 5 days prior to works commencing. This is to allow us sufficient time to serve the Initial Notice to the Local Authority.
If you would like us to review your plans and specifications the earlier we receive your application, the more chance we will have to address any issues before work commences on site, avoiding unnecessary delays.
A Building Control application can be made with Shore in two ways:
We will usually require suitable and sufficient drawings and calculations, including fire strategies and structural calculations to enable us to check for compliance with the Building Regulations.
What happens next?
Work should not be started until after the Initial Notice approval period, which is a maximum of 5 working days from submission of the Notice.
The person responsible for carrying out the work must notify Shore at certain stages of the project to enable suitable inspections to be undertaken.
Once the work has been completed, a final inspection has been carried out and all relevant commissioning certificates have been received, a Final Certificate is issued to the person responsible for carrying out the work. A copy of which is also provided to the relevant Local Authority and the Fire Authority (where necessary).
The Final Certificate is an important statutory document providing evidence that the project has achieved a reasonable level of compliance with the Building Regulations and may be required when selling, refinancing or satisfying the requirements for a licence to alter.
Under Regulation 38 of the Building Regulations 2010, upon completion of the works confirmation is required that the fire safety information for the area where the work has been carried out has been updated and provided to the responsible person for the building. This shall be upon completion or occupation, whichever is earliest.
Is there a time limit for works to commence on site?
Once we have received your application you have a time limit of three years for works to start on site. Unfortunately, if you have not started work within three years the application is cancelled. However, you are able to make a new application which Shore would be able to assist you with.
Once work has commenced you have an unlimited time to complete the work. However, if occupation takes places then specific time limits will apply in which you will need to complete the work.
Inspections are carried out at various key stages of your project and although schedules are agreed in advance, you or your contractor will need to advise us when each key stage is reached to arrange an inspection.
When contacting us to arrange an inspection we will need the following information from you:
To book your inspection contact us.
If you are at all unsure about whether or not your project needs Building Control approval then we advise you to contact us before you start work – we are here to help.
A common misunderstanding of the Building Regulations is what they do and do not cover:
The regulations apply to any “building work” and therefore you need to submit an application before proceeding. In general terms, the definition of building works covers:
Some “building work” is classed as “exempt” under the Building Regulations, these include certain ground floor attached and detached buildings.
Also, some installation work doesn’t require a Building Regulation Application, however, this only applies when the installer of the work is registered with the related Self Certification Scheme, for example:
Exempt attached buildings:
An extension at ground floor level with a floor area not exceeding 30 square metres being:
Exempt detached buildings:
Garages, sheds and outbuildings, providing they are single storey and:
Providing they are not used for retailing or exhibiting.
Including those used for horticultural, fruit growing, the growing of plants for seed and fish farming, but not those used for packing or exhibition, provided that:
If it is intended to remain where erected for less than 28 days:
Should you have any doubts, or wish to double check your own conclusions, please contact us to check, it may save you considerable problems in the future. Also, note that some of the exempt works mentioned above may require planning permission.
A conservatory is exempt from Building Regulations providing:
Some installers are trained and registered under the Glass and Glazing Federations FENSA scheme (another scheme is CERTASS). These are able to self-certify replacement windows and doors and then give householders a compliance certificate. If this is not the case then you will need to make a Building Regulations application for the works.
If you want to put up small detached buildings such as a garden shed or summerhouse in your garden, building regulations will not normally apply if the floor area of the building is less than 15 square metres and contains NO sleeping accommodation.
If the floor area of the building is between 15 square metres and 30 square metres, you will not normally be required to apply for building regulations approval providing that the building contains NO sleeping accommodation and is either at least one metre from any boundary or it is constructed substantially of non-combustible materials.
This section provides you with general information to help you comply with the Building Regulations when constructing a new outbuilding within the boundaries of an existing property, such as:
Building a new garage attached to an existing home would normally need building regulations approval.
Building a newly attached carport (open on at least two sides) would not normally require building regulations approval if it is less than 30 square metres in floor area.
Building a detached garage of less than 30 square metres floor area would not normally need building regulations approval if:
If you want to convert an integral or attached garage into habitable use, building regulations will normally apply so please contact us.
In many cases, these structures will be exempt from requiring approval under the Building Regulations if they meet certain exemption criteria.
If the regulations do apply to the building then it must be built to reasonable standards.
It is a pleasure to work with Shore – their commitment to helping us deliver a successful development is reflected in their level of customer service.
The Shore team respond to our requests for information and any clarification in a professional timely manner. They understood our clients requirements whilst ensuring all legislative aspects are catered for.
We work with Shore on our developments – They always work with us to ensure that we can deliver compliant projects on time and within budget.
We were pleased to receive clear and unambiguous advice and guidance from the surveyors at Shore. I would recommend any developers engage with the Shore team as early in the project as they can.
If you need further guidance on the requirements of the regulations, or would like to discuss appointing us for a particular project please do get in touch.Get in touch