Site inspections

Find out when our Building Control surveyors need to inspect your building work and how to book a site inspection.

Our Building Control surveyors will make statutory and routine inspections during the construction stage of the building. This is to make sure you are complying with the building regulations and other relevant legislation and guidance.

When we need to inspect your building work

There are up to nine statutory notification stages. Although not all nine will be relevant for some jobs, you must provide us with information on all the stages that are relevant for your particular building project. The nine stages are:

  1. Commencement
    This is the first statutory notification. We normally visit when the work starts. However, in certain circumstances, we may agree not to inspect the site until we have received a further notice.
  2. Foundation excavation
    - For traditional foundations, you should have dug, levelled and cleaned the trench to remove ground water before you ask for an inspection
    - For special foundations, such as raft foundation or piled foundations, contact us to agree an inspection programme.
  3. Foundation concrete
    You must give notice when you have poured the concrete. We would advise you to have the corners of the building marked out to show the position of the walls on the foundations. Our Building Control surveyor will be looking to see that the walls will be positioned correctly on the concrete. Sometimes, it is possible to start building the walls before this inspection, but you should discuss this with your Building Control surveyor.
  4. Oversite ready for concreting (with damp proof membrane laid if appropriate)
    - For solid, ground-bearing floor slabs, we will inspect the hardcore, insulation and damp proof membrane before concrete
    - For suspended timber floors, we will need to inspect the ground below the oversite concrete before you cover it with the floor
  5. Damp proof course
    You must notify us before you cover up any damp proof course.
  6. Drains laid and visible for checking layout and construction
    We must inspect the drains before you cover them up, so that we can check the layout and construction. This applies to all drainage work, including foul drainage and surface water and rainwater drainage to the building.
    We also advise you to test the drains are watertight before you cover them up.
  7. Drains testing
    When you have completed the building, we will usually ask you to test the drains while we watch to check they are watertight.
  8. Occupation of the building
    We will inspect new buildings before occupation to make sure they are safe.
  9. Completion
    Once you have completed the building work, you should ask for an inspection. As long as we have seen all the relevant stages of work and they comply with the building regulations, you have provided the relevant certificates and paid the fees, we will issue a completion certificate.

As well as these inspections, we may have to carry out other specific inspections, such as to inspect fire protection or the reinforcement of concrete structures.

How to book an inspection

To book an inspection, call us using the contact details on this page.

We do not accept bookings by email.

In most cases, we offer a same-day site inspection service if we receive your telephone call before 10am.

We normally carry out inspections between 11am and 3pm. You can normally ask for a morning inspection between 11am and 1pm or an afternoon inspection between 1pm and 3pm.

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