Large self-build or smaller domestic property developments
Loft or basement conversions and domestic alternations
Extending an existing building
Whether you are planning an expansive self-build project or a smaller domestic development or extension, our qualified Building Control Surveyors work with you from pre-application to interpret and explain Building Regulations requirements. We combine a client-safety-first approach to explain the process at every stage and move towards completion.
Before you commence any construction activities on site, you will need to begin the Building Regulation approval process. Stroma Building Control is a private Approved Inspector, an alternative to using the Local Authority for your Building Regulation approval. We are approved by the Construction Industry Council (CICAIR) to provide Building Control on all types of residential projects.
An independent third party to check that works are compliant
Structural warranty packages available
One-plot residential compliance pack available through our sister company
Liaise with architects, builders and private clients throughout the project
You can apply to Stroma Building Control at any stage of the process. However, applications should be made at least 5 working days before works start on site. Our applications are valid for 3 years before any work needs to start on site.
Applying early can often guarantee a reduced fee. We will then submit an Initial Notice to the relevant Local Authority to inform them that we have your permission to carry out the Building Control on your development with Building Regulations approval.
You can submit any drawings, produced by your architect, project manager or structural engineer, upon your initial quote request or Building Control application.
It is helpful if we receive these as soon as possible to be able to appraise them against the requirements of the Building Regulations and return them to you for comments.
Once we lodge the Initial Notice with the Local Authority registration department, legally we must allow 5 days for the notice to be registered.Once the registration is complete works may then commence on site and will be checked and inspected by our service with no input from the Local Authority Building Control department.
Our inspection service is provided to support our clients and is therefore often available at concept stage. Following the Initial Notice acceptance, you can request a site visit for the Site Inspections to be carried out.
Site Inspections are generally carried out on Foundations, Damp Proof Course, Below Ground Pipework (before backfilling), Pre-Plaster Check (structural beams and lintels, roof joists restrain straps and thermal insulation) and Completion.
A Final Certificate will be issued, following satisfactory completion inspection by our Building Control Surveyor, within 8 weeks of the completed works being occupied (4 weeks for commercial premises).
A final certificate indicates that, within the remit of our inspections and checks, we have satisfied ourselves that compliance has been achieved with the requirements of the regulations; including the Building Regulations outlined in the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) guidance notes which cover various elements of building works. This Final Certificate is a very important document and is required should you ever choose to sell your property.Please note: An Initial Notice cannot be used for retrospective works or works which have started. Works must not start before the Initial Notice is submitted and accepted.