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Once you have given either a Building Notice or Full Plans Application to the Council, you must give the Council at least 2 days notice before actually starting work. In the case of a Full Plans Application, it is best to wait until your plans have been passed before starting work, although this is not essential.

With a Building Notice, you do not get an 'approval' or an 'approved plan'. If you are borrowing money for the work, your Building Society or Bank may ask for an approval notice. Your solicitor may suggest that you obtain Full Plans approval. Your builder may prefer or require them for estimating and building.

Inspections Service Plan

Notice of inspection is required by the Building Control Section at each of the following stages during construction.

1. Commencement of work

2. Excavations for foundations before concrete is poured

3. Foundations - Foundation concrete and walls built up to dpc level prior to backfilling

4. DPC/DPM/Oversite Before covering any damp proof course or membrane

5. Drains before covering/back filling

6. Superstructure i.e. walls/floor joists/beams etc

7. Roof frame stage

8. Pre-plaster/insulation (first fix stage)

9. Testing of drains

10. Occupation of building

11. Completion of building

Please note: Additional inspections may be required at the discretion of your Building Control Surveyor to suit the particular project. A bespoke inspection service plan may be required depending on the complexity of the project. Each of the general stages listed above may require multiple visits e.g. for complex or phased works or where remedial works are required

The Council's current policy for notification is 24hrs, though will endeavour to visit the site same day where requested before 9:30am. Officers may be called out at any time during working hours if urgent help is required.

Failure to notify the council at the required stages may mean that the completion certificate cannot be issued.

To arrange an inspection, please telephone 01395 517482 with the reference number for your project.