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Before I apply

When making changes or alterations to buildings you will most likely need either Building Regulations approval or planning permission from us.

For building projects approved by us we offer pre-application adive to make the process of applying as simple and straightforward as possible. We have extensive local knowledge and some in-house technical specialists in areas such as fire safety, thermal insulation, structures and accessible design.

There is provision for pre-application advice to be chargeable under the regulations, where we consider it appropriatte on larger scheme we may individually determine the application fee which in turn may  recover some or all of these pre application fees.

For more information contact the building control team on:

Tel: 01509 634756


Local Authority Building Control (LABC) - Pre-application advice

We understand that for many customers, particularly those involved with major or complex developments, the opportunity to discuss plans and design issues in the early stages of the project is invaluable.

Before making a full Building Regulation Application many of our clients find it helps to sit down and discuss the proposed project in hand. This discussion may even take place before a Planning Application has been made to the Local Authority.

It is designed to highlight potential issues that may affect a future Building Control application. These issues may include:

  • Means of escape
  • Occupation numbers for building
  • Layout of buildings
  • Conversion advice, change of use requirements
  • Thermal element upgrades
  • Consequential improvements

In the scheme of a project this information may prove very useful and eliminate any unforeseen cost at the design stage rather than having to rectify the work on site once the build phase has commenced.

Please note that our service cannot extend to designing the scheme and you may wish to appoint an agent to develop a design for your proposals before seeking pre-application advice.

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