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Building Regulations

What are building Regulations?
  1. They are a national set of standards that all construction works should meet and they are divided in to different sections i.e. Part A , Part B and so on.. This is to allow one section to be updated with out the need to reprint all areas. They do not change every year and will always have a year date after them. The main major changes in latter years have concerned fire protection Part B, Access and facilities for the disabled Part M, and Insulation Part L.
  2. Existing work as a rule does not have to conform to the latest regulations only new works from that date.
  3. Where all works have to conform i.e. ‘The access for disabled regulations’ a number of years notice and a dead line date are always given and well advertised.
  4. The local building control office is run by the local authority and staffed by inspectors that will carry out site visits
  5. There will in most cases be an application fee to cover plan inspection and any calculation checks, plus an addional fee for site inspections and final certificates if required. They will send or fax a rate of charge sheet on request.
  6. The building Control office is different from the planning department and some projects may require consent from both departments. Building control looks after all structural works and building inspections, Where as the planning department is more concerned with things like appearance, colours, cosmetic and visual aspects plus sizes and road access etc.
  7. The Building control department should be consulted for all structural fire protection works or projects involved with breaking into the drainage system
  8. The building control Office works along side the Fire Brigade regarding fire protection and means of escape
  9. The building control office is a cost effective way of having your builders work, quality and suitability checked.
  10. It is worth a phone call to the local office when considering a project to see if they need to be involved or not.
  11. You do not need to be a qualified architect to make small works applications the drawings just have to be clear and show that all the works will conform to the relevant standards
  12. Building Control as a rule can check and handle applications within 10 -14 days where as The Planning Permission Department can take up to 8 weeks.
DOCUMENT INDEX
PART A STRUCTURE Loading, Ground movement, collapse, wall thickness
PART B1 FIRE PROTECTION DOMESTIC DWELLINGS
PART B2 FIRE PROTECTION NON DOMESTIC, FACTORY & OFFICE
PART C SITE / BUILDING PREPARATION Damp courses, flooding, wall construction, floors
PART D TOXIC SUBSTANCES Cavity insulation
PART E SOUND RESISTANCE
PART F VENTILATION
PART G HYGIENE Washing facilities, hot water storage, toilets
PART H DRAINAGE / WASTE Loading, Ground movement, collapse, wall thickness
PART J APPLIANCES Boiler flues, fuel storage, LPG, oil storage
PART K PROTECTION Loading bays, vehicle barriers, ramps, stairs, ladders
PART L FUEL CONSERVATION
PART M BUILDING ACCESS Disabled access etc
PART N GLAZING Max. glass sizes, safe window cleaning, safety glass
PART P ELECTRICAL SAFTEY

USEFULL TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Building Control department:
Sunderland Area tel. 0191 - 5531550
Gateshead Area tel. 0191 - 4333144


Planning department
Sunderland Area tel. 0191 - 4333426
Gateshead Area tel. 0191 - 5205506

Tel:0191 4154275 Fax:0191 4154275 Site Mobile (Gary Hunter):07831 144849

Hunter Builders, Blue House South, Blue House Lane, Washington, Tyne & Wear, NE37 1AN
Email:gary@hunterbuilders.co.uk - www.hunterbuilders.co.uk