Building Control news and updates
Building regulations site inspections and application submissions
At present we are operating as a normal service and are able to check plans and inspect work. However, due to COVID-19, all staff are currently working from home. Site visits are still taking place subject to conditions - see more information below.
Inspections can be booked by telephone, email or via the LABC Site Inspection App.
- For more information on how to download the App please see LABC website (external link)
However you choose to book, please provide:
- your contact details (telephone and/or email)
- the address of the inspection
- what stage of works you require to be inspected
How to book
- Call us on 020 8489 5504
- Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
All new applications are to be submitted online only until further notice.
Local Authority Building Control News
To keep up to date with Building Control News see the LABC website (external link)
Cladding and EWS1 forms
This form was originally designed following Government advice regarding external wall systems on buildings above 18m and was created to ensure residential buildings over 18m tall could be assessed for safety to allow lenders to offer mortgages.
Changes in Government advice in January 2020, brought all residential buildings potentially in scope, however not every building will require an EWS1 form, and on 8 March 2021 further guidance has been provided and the form has been updated.
Haringey Building Control cannot complete these forms, and advise any interested parties to see the RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) website (external link) for further information.
Building safety bill
The building safety bill is now making its way through parliament. The bill will make residents safer in their homes.
To follow its progress and access further information please visit the government's website (external link)
The head of the new Building Safety Regulator has also been announced – please see the HSE announcement (external link).
Planning your next home improvement project? Need some guidance?
LABC has launched a website called Front Door for homeowners looking for building control and practical home improvement advice.
Please take a look at the website - there is a wealth of free advice available.
Changing Places Toilets for severely disabled people to be compulsory in new public buildings
See the changes to building rules in England - GOV.UK (external link). This will help add larger accessible toilets to more than 150 buildings a year.
Changes to planning permitted development regulations
The government has announced changes to planning permitted development regulations (external link) from 1 August.
It is important to note that these changes are with reference to Permitted Development rules under the planning process.
Building Regulation applications, site inspection requests and Demolitions notices under the Building Act should still be submitted to the Building Control team in the normal way. Please contact us to discuss your Building Regulation application.
Amendments to Approved Document B (Fire Safety)
The government has published Amendments to Approved Document B of the Building Regulations (Fire Safety).
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