Building Control news and updates

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However you choose to book, please provide:

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Local Authority Building Control News 

To keep up to date with Building Control News see the LABC website (external link).

New Planning and Building Control IT system - 20 October 2022

We are in the process of replacing our existing Planning and Building Control IT system with a modern, more efficient and user-friendly system.

During the transition period, some existing service functions may be unavailable, and our responses to your correspondence may take longer than normal. We will endeavour to maintain our customer-focused approach and meet application deadlines.

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Approved Document J has been amended - 1 October 2022

Approved Document J has been amended to extend the provisions and update the guidance for carbon monoxide alarms in support of requirement J3 (Warning of release of carbon monoxide). This new edition sets out that a carbon monoxide alarm should be fitted upon the installation of fixed combustion appliances that burn solid fuels, gas fuels (excluding gas cookers) and oil fuels.

A carbon monoxide alarm (which complies with British Standard BS EN 50291) should be fitted when fixed combustion appliances are installed in new homes and in existing homes for new or replacement fixed combustion appliances.

The new arrangements came into force on 1 October 2022. Please see Approved Document J for guidance on the specification and placement of carbon monoxide alarms:

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Updated and new Building Regulations from 15 June 2022

The Approved Documents listed below come into force in England on 15 June 2022.

  • Approved Document F - Ventilation Volume 1 (Dwellings) and Volume 2 (Buildings other than dwellings) 
  • Approved Document L - Volume 1 (Dwellings) and Volume 2 (Buildings other than dwellings) 
  • Approved Document O - Overheating
  • Approved Document S - Infrastructure for Charging Electric Vehicles

Transitional arrangements are in place.

This means that if a building notice, initial notice, or full plans for building work are submitted to a local authority before 15 June 2022, then provided the building work commences before 15 June 2023, work on that individual building is permitted to continue under the previous standards.

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Building Safety Act 2022

The Building Safety Act 2022 gained Royal Assent on 28 April 2022. The Act makes provision for the safety of people in and about buildings and the standard of buildings, to amend the Architects Act 1997 and to amend provision about complaints made to a housing ombudsman.

Secondary legislation is due to be added over the next 18 months.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Page last updated:

March 9, 2023

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