Building Control Permission
Your architect will also produce the detailed plans required in order to proceed with
the build - and gain prior Building Control permission (unless you proceed under Building Notice).
a separate matter to gaining planning permission, involving different people - and another fee.
At this stage you can proceed in one of 2 ways:-
- Full Plans application
- The giving of a Building Notice
At an early stage, you will need to find out the level of Radon gas in the area. The architect will
be able to make the necessary application for the search (requires a fee) and will then include the appropriate
the detailed building plans. For more information on Radon, and to view a Radon
map of the UK, visit the Health Protection Agency.
Note. The map should not replace the search, which will tell you what level of Radon protection
you need - the levels of Radon protection are outlined at the
For more information on planning, visit this very comprehensive site - The Planning Portal
the UK Government's online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales.
Building Regs. can be obtained from the Planning Portal
Building Regulations Approved Documents
2007 Approved UK Building
A Full Plans application
For a Full Plans application, you should get the plans submitted well in advance of your
planned start date - check with Building Control on their timescales, or your architect may know.
basically ensure that Building
Regulations are met at the design stage and Building Control inspections (see below) are made to ensure that
the build proceeds in accordance with design. Visit
Local Authority Building
site for more very comprehensive information.
The plans submitted generally consist of:
- block plan and site section
- typical cross sections
- foundation / drainage
- floor plans / setting out plans
- floor joist plan
- roof plan
The plans will show all constructional details necessary to allow builders to complete the build and meet
building regs. If there are to be any structural calculations then your architect will use the services
of a structural engineer to produce them. Such calculations will be required for anything that
cannot be read off tables - such as loadings for balconies, the use of steel joists, retaining walls.
Your architect will, as part of the design process, to meet Part L1A of the Building Regulations,
calculate the insulation requirements
by using information from the SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure)
for more information on SAP.
The Local Authority will comprehensively check a Full Plans application before passing or rejecting it.
If they are satisfied that the work detailed on the plans complies with the regulations, you will then be
given a "Conditional Approval of Building Plans" which normally has a number of conditions - these are
generally a few highlighted aspects of Building Regulations.
Less detailed plans are required for the Building
Notice procedure. No approved notice is given under this procedure. The advantage of a Building Notice
procedure is that it allows you to carry out works without the necessity to prepare full plans. The disadvantage
of this approach is that, if you do not comply with the regulations, you may have to later
correct any non-compliant work at the request of the Local Authority.
Building Control Approval for lesser works
If you are carrying out building modifications, extensions etc. you may or may not need
to submit plans and gain Building Control approval - check out whether you need
approval via the sites :
Communities and Local Government - Planning, building and the environment
Planning Portal - Building
Contacting the Utility Companies
Contact the appropriate service suppliers as soon as possible. Water and electricity
will be your first requirement. You can get these services put in to temporary positions
but getting this done will still take some time. Further information on provision of services
is in the Advice
Identifying your Materials Suppliers
Unless you want to throw money at your build, you can make some good monetary savings by finding the right
suppliers for the right goods. You will need to have an account with at least one general builders merchants,
but you will be able to gain savings on certain types of materials by buying direct from the
source suppliers. Further information on buying materials is in the Advice
section Buying Materials
. Make sure you know who
your rep. is and always order your materials through him - he should get you the best discounts.
If you are building in the south of England, consider RGC Building Supplies for your building materials.
RGC Building Supplies
can supply you with everything, from kitchens and bathrooms, through to paint and wallpapers, with daily
deliveries to your site.
Engagement of Contractors.
Contractors (or yourself) are needed immediately for starting
the groundworks or, before that, for clearing the site and/or preparing for any required
Further information on engaging contractors is in the Advice
section Hiring Contractors