Guide Building control full plans application - commitments and responsibilities

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12. Contraventions

What we will do.

We cannot be sure if defects or contraventions exist where the owner has failed to notify us before an element of the works is covered up. In these circumstances, we will assess whether any opening up of work and/or taking down of work is required to establish a remedy for the matter. In some cases, a retrospective application for a Regularisation Certificate may be the only way forward or the issue of a certificate may be delayed or withheld.

What we will not do.

Where problems occur, we will always provide advice to assist in resolving the issues. We cannot, however, design building work or instruct how to make works compliant as the responsibility for compliant design remains with the architect, agent, designer, builder and ultimately, the owner.

What you will need to do (including a builder, architect or agent acting for you).

Where contraventions are identified, you will need to correct or remove the works within 28 days, or as agreed with Building Control.