PBSC' is the registered trading name of Pearce Building Surveying and Consultancy Ltd - Registered Company No. 4826710
'Regulated by RICS'
We prepare and submit Building Regulation Applications on your behalf. Normally our applications are made through the local authority’s Building Control department, although it is alternatively possible to use private Building Control providers if you so desired.
The Building Regulations are key to ensuring that your works meet all the required safety, structural, water tightness and energy efficient requirements.
We do not charge an additional fee for Submitting or handling a “Full Plans Application” on your behalf, you only pay for the drawings required. Building Control normally charge more for a “Building Notice” than for “Full Plans”.
Therefore it makes sense to use the “Full Plans” procedure:
The “Full Plans” procedure normally takes 6-8 weeks* from submission. Building Control will at the end of the process issue a Full Plans Notice of Approval that is valid for 3 years. This means that as long as you build to the approved details then there will be no confusion about what is expected - importantly your builder will know what is expected and can provide a more accurate build cost to you. To go with our drawings you may also need structural calculations - we work with local engineers and will organise all this on your behalf.
(* You do not have to wait for Full Plans to be approved before you start work. Known as “at risk”, if you need to start work earlier then you may do so, often with as little as 48 hours notice - if this is required then simply discuss the level of ‘risk’ with PBSC).
At PBSC we always recommend the Full Plans procedure, it makes sense to agree as much detail before you start work. If you have a formal contract with the Builder (you always should) then the drawings will need to be done anyway.
Building Regulation Applications
The alternative procedure is called a “Building Notice”. In this procedure you will not need to pre-submit all the drawings and details, instead Building Control will inspect what the builder decided to do as they go. This is therefore all “at risk”. The risk is if the Builder under-estimates the requirements and any work has to be corrected. This often means them passing the cost on to you (whether you know it or not).
Building Control will not issue a Completion Certificate unless all work meets with the required standards. Your property value is likely to be affected if work is not signed-off by Building Control.
We offer Free initial telephone consultations and quotations. If you prefer, we’ll visit your property and provide you with initial guidance and guaranteed fixed fee quotes.
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