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Welcome to the Useful Downloads page within the Building Control section. From this area you can download application forms, approved documents and documents about the Building Regulations.
By clicking on the subject headings below, you can view the relevant information:
Please note: a few of the documents below are large in size and may therefore, depending on your internet connection take a few minutes to download.
|Building Regulations Form - Word version||DOC||63KB|
|Building Regulations Form - PDF version||51KB|
|Application Form Guidance Notes||196KB|
|Electrical Installation Form||DOC||63KB|
|Building Control Fees - Guidance||23KB|
Building Regulations Policy Statement
The council is of the opinion that the Building Regulation function can only be effectively performed on the under-mentioned basis, allowing operation to be exercised by Building Control staff using their professional skill and judgment and subject to workload and staff availability.
A series of service standards have been produced for the Place and Sustainability Directorate. The service standards aim to provide clear information to customers and Members about what to expect from us in the services we offer. These also aim to clarify what we cannot provide, and so reduce unrealistic expectations.
Building Control Enforcement Policy
The primary function of the Building Control service is to protect people’s health and safety in the built environment. This involves, among other things, enforcing the following legislation:
- The Building Act 1984
- The Building Regulations and other allied legislation
- The London Building Acts (Amendment Act) 1939 (or superseding similar legislation)
- The Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975
- Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987
- In so doing, we aim to enforce in an equitable, practical and consistent manner
The Building Regulations - Explanatory booklet (amended in February 2005)
This booklet provides an introduction to the Building Regulations in England and Wales and is intended for anyone proposing to carry out building projects. It is not a statement of the law but is intended to help you to understand the system.
- The Building Regulations - Explanatory booklet (amended in February 2005)
PDF, 1.16Mb (65 pages)
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 - Explanatory booklet
This booklet aims to explain in simple terms how the Party Wall etc Act 1996 may affect someone who either wishes to carry out work covered by the Act (the "Building Owner") or receives notification under the Act of proposed adjacent work (the "Adjoining Owner"). It is not an authoritative interpretation of the law.
- The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 - Explanatory booklet
PDF, 1.12Mb (24 pages)
Gas and oil central-heating boilers: Advice to householders
This leaflet provides an introduction to the changes to the requirements for new and replacement boilers under Part L of the Building Regulations.
- Gas and oil central-heating boilers: Advice to householders
PDF, 208Kb (4 pages)
New rules for electrical safety in the home
This leaflet introduces Part P (Electrical Safety) which is a new Building Regulation that came into force on 1 January 2005.
- New rules for electrical safety in the home
PDF, 475Kb (3 pages)
Guide to the condensing boiler installation assessment procedure for dwellings
From 1 April 2005, revised Approved Document L1 of the Building Regulations sets down revised guidance for the efficiency of hot water central heating gas and oil boilers installed in new and existing dwellings.
- Guide to the condensing boiler installation assessment procedure for dwellings
PDF, 1.2Mb (24 pages)
Are you ready for the changes? - Part L and Part P
If you install boilers you should be aware of the changes to the Building Regulations and this leaflet will give you further details.
- Are you ready for the changes? - Part L and Part P
PDF, 283Kb (4 pages)
Better to be safe than sorry!
Garden and boundary walls should be inspected from time to time to see if any repairs are necessary, or whether a wall needs rebuilding.
Such walls are amongst the most common forms of masonry to suffer collapse, and they are unfortunately one of the commonest causes of deaths by falling masonry. Your insurances may not cover you if the wall has been neglected.
- Better to be safe than sorry!
PDF, 273Kb (2 pages)
The home information pack
This leaflet introduces the new home information packs introduced in 2007, to make the home buying and selling process more transparent, more certain, consumer friendly and faster.
- The home information pack
PDF, 312Kb (12 pages)
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