In the first instance it should be the responsibility of all
designers, builders and building owners to make every effort to
ensure that they comply with the requirements of the building
regulations and associated legislation.
If enforcement is necessary, the Building Control team will:
- be open about its actions
- demonstrate fairness and impartiality
- take a consistent yet flexible approach
- be considerate to complaints
- treat matters with balance
- assist service users wherever possible
The policy is aimed at members of the public and business
Statement of intent.
Our policy is to ensure that all building
works, works of demolition and dangerous structures falling under
our control are dealt with in such a manner so as not to prejudice
people's health, safety, welfare and convenience.
We have various means at our disposal to
ensure that legislative requirements enforced by us are met.
- giving verbal or written advice
- guidance notes and other educational aids
- issuing warning letters
- serving statutory notices
- prosecution through the criminal courts
The Building Control team focuses on prevention sooner than
At an informal level the Building Control team will offer advice
about the best way of securing compliance either before or during
Formal enforcement measures are laid down within the Building
Regulations 2010 and the Building Act
All our surveyors are professionally qualified and competent in
the handling of all cases. In dealings with all people they will be
courteous and efficient.
When deciding what degree of enforcement to exercise we will
give consideration to:
the seriousness of the offence in terms of its impact on
people's health, safety, welfare and convenience
the previous history of the offender
the consequences of non-compliance
likely effectiveness of various enforcement options
The choice of remedies available to us include:
- taking no action
- taking informal action
- taking emergency action to carry out the work
- serving a statutory notice
- taking action in default
Where emergency action becomes necessary we will make every
effort to inform the owners before carrying out the work.
Criminal prosecutions will generally follow where there has been
a serious offence or a blatant disregard of the legislation.
All written or verbal documentation will be clearly written and
contain clear instruction as to what is required and why it is
It will set out the legislative requirement that has been
considered not met, the measures necessary to comply and any
alternatives that will be accepted. A clear distinction will be
made between what is goodwill advice and what is a statutory
Where possible, and when within the expertise of the building
control surveyor, advice given in securing compliance will have
regard to minimising the costs.
Where appropriate, reasonable and realistic time limits will be
set to allow remedies to be carried out. Flexibility will be
exercised where a degree of goodwill is shown by the appellant.
Where there is an appeal procedure against a formal notice, this
will be clearly explained and any time constraints made