Pro-active for residential

House-building projects all have their own unique challenges, whether you are creating a small residential development or setting out to build your own home.

That’s why our pro-active and collaborative approach can be the key to getting your build through building regulations and approved.

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We can help you with building regulations advice and approval on all of these domestic projects:

  • Individual new builds
  • Small housing developments
  • Commercial to residential conversions
  • Self-builds
  • Single storey extensions
  • Garage conversions

Our experience includes advising on every aspect of commercial new builds, extensions, fit-outs, conversions and alterations.

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Wilmslow, Cheshire

Thornway, Bramhall

The Green

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that building control services are a bit of a grey area for many people, particularly if it’s the first time you’ve taken on a residential building project. So however grand or modest your designs, we’re here to help and advise you at every stage.

Call us on 0161 233 0525 if you have any specific questions about your project; and in the meantime, here are the answers to a few FAQs.

What is building control?

This is a legal requirement to make sure your building works are in line with the UK’s Building Regulations, ensuring every structure is safe, accessible, secure and energy efficient. A good building control inspector will work with you and provide advice and solutions as you need them.

Do I need building regs approval?

Most building work needs Building Regulations approval. As soon as you do any structural work, it will need approval. You are best to check with your architect or contact us for initial advice if you’re not sure.

What do I need to do before starting work on site?

You must first ensure that a building inspector such as Active has approved your plans before starting any work on site. We will check the plans for you and either approve them or make any comments or observations that you need to take into account in order to stay compliant. At the same time, we will notify the Local Authority of your project. The Local Authority requires 5 days to complete this, and you must not start work until after this period has ended.

How does the inspection process work?

Once your plans are approved and work has commenced on site, you or your project manager/building contractor will need to contact us at least 24 hours before you need us on site to make an inspection.

Subsequent inspections will be requested by the project manager/building contractor as work progresses on your build. We will advise them in advance of the various stages at which they need to get us involved.

An outline of the different stages is provided at the end of this page.

What are the different stages?

Each project is bespoke and we will guide and advise you on the number of inspections required, which depend on the complexity of your project.

You may find it helpful to have a look at the outline of the different stages in the building regulation process at the end of this page.

How is the Local Authority involved?

Your project needs to be registered with the Local Authority, but as soon as a project is registered with them, they have no further involvement in the Building Regulations process. We also notify the Local Authority when we issue the Final Certificate, so they can register your project as approved on the Council’s database, which makes this information publically available.

Do I also have to pay the Council?

No. We will undertake all inspections, as well as carrying out building plan checks and gaining approvals for you. We will also liaise with the Local Authority on your behalf.

What do I get at the end of the project?

Once everything is approved, we will issue a Final Certificate to the Local Authority and property owner. A Final Certificate is a legal document that is required under the Building (Approved Inspector) Regulations. It confirms that your building works comply with UK Building Regulations.

The stages we’ll take you through