Residential Projects

Your Choice

When undertaking any project that requires Building Regulations approval, there is a choice of who you use to provide that service.

Parallel Approval Systems

Local Authority Building Control Private Building Control (Approved Inspectors)
Provided by your local Council offices together with services such as Planning and, Environmental Health. Provided by approved and insured private companies such as Active Building Control.

Historically there was only the Local Authority, but since 1997 anyone undertaking a project has the option to choose a private, licensed company, such as Active Building Control, to provide the service.

Government and industry recognise that competition in this sector has had a hugely positive impact, providing a stimulus to greater efficiency and high standards of service to you, the customer. Applications with full detailed plans and specifications are typically turned around in 1 to 2 weeks.

Unlike the Local Authority, Approved Inspectors undergo a rigorous licensing procedure every 5 years (by the Construction Industry Council) to ensure that the service they offer and the staff they employ are of the highest professional standard.

Advantages of Choosing Us

Less Stress

We have a proven track record of excellent customer service.
We answer the telephone, try to be helpful and turn up when we say we will.

Efficiency & Simplicity

Our aim is to turn applications around in 5 to 10 days. We have simple and straight-forward systems that work for you and your architect. Avoiding un- necessary bureaucracy and form filling. Contact us on mobile or email. It’s that simple.

Peace of Mind

We have a qualified and experienced team of Chartered Building Surveyors and Engineers whose performance is monitored and regulated by the Government.

Work with you, not against you

We offer flexibility and creativity to meet your objectives and help you to achieve full and total compliance.

Part of your design team

When involved at an early stage, we are often able to contribute innovative technical solutions to problems.

A fully insured service

As Approved Inspectors, we are fully backed by Government approved insurance schemes. You won’t find this in the public sector.

Solving your problems, and saving money

We are commercially aware. Every request we make in relation to the Building Regulations is carefully considered in terms of cost to you.

Step by Step Guide to Our Service

1. Once we have carried out an appraisal of your proposals,we email a pre-completed application form for you (or your agent) to sign and return.

2. Upon receipt, we notify the relevant Local Authority that we will be dealing with the project.

3. We check your plans and any calculations, site investigation reports etc. and send a report to your designer highlighting any parts of the design that need amendment or further information. This involves checking your project for issues such as: means of escape in case of fire, structural designs/calculations, energy conservation.

4. We can (if appropriate) suggest products or solutions to deal with any commonly encountered design issues.

5. We carry out any necessary statutory consultations with the Fire, Water and Local Authorities.

6. Once the plans comply fully with the Regulations, we will write to you confirming this.

7. We will send an Inspection Plan for use by you and the builder, listing the stages of work we will need to inspect.

8. Your builder should contact us at commencement of work to arrange the initial inspection. We usually inspect the works on site at critical stages such as:

  • Commencement/excavations
  • Drainage
  • Ground Floor Slab Preparation
  • Structural Steelwork/First Floor
  • Pre plaster
  • Completion

Note: Any work that appears to contravene the Regulations will be notified to
all parties immediately.

9. We use our experience to advise the team on site of any parts of the work we commonly find problematic.

10. Finally, upon completion of the work you will receive a completion certificate. We notify the Local Authority for their records.


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Conversion, Stockport

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