Building Control - Applications/Approvals & Inspections

Site Inspections

Service Update : COVID-19, 1st June 2020

Site Inspection Services During Covid-19

In response to the Government’s latest announcement we are currently undertaking very few physical onsite inspections, to support this, we are also providing a virtual inspection service. We appreciate the patience and understanding you have shown us during these difficult times. We are doing all we can to provide the best possible service and support both quickly and safely.


Please continue to book site inspections as usual by email or phone with your reference number and details of the support you require, we will work to determine the most appropriate inspection service.

In light of the current COVID-19 situation Building Control will only be accepting correspondence via e-mail for the foreseeable future.  This includes fee queries, applications, plans, additional information etc.  All payments will need to made via BACS or card payment at the current time.


If you have deposited a Full Plans application you will only receive the full benefit and protection from this procedure if you wait until you have received Building Regulation approval before starting work on site.  However, if you choose to there is nothing to stop you starting work once you have deposited your plans and given Building Control 48 hours notice of your intended commencement.

If on the other hand you have submitted a Building Notice application, you are permitted to start work once you have given 48 hours notice of your intended commencement to Building Control.

Arranging a Site Inspection

To arrange a site inspection you can contact Building Control using the 'Send a Message' tab, in person or by post.  For our contact details please use the 'Contact Information' tab.

Inspection Stages

In order to ensure that the works meet minimum standards, principally in respect of health and safety matters, it is your legal obligation to notify us before you cover up certain parts of the construction.

When you have received Building Regulation approval or your Building Notice has been accepted, we will send you an inspection schedule advising you when you should contact the Building Control Surveyor, in order that an inspection of the works can be made.

This is an example of a typical inspection schedule for a two storey extension:

  • Commencement of works.
  • Excavations for foundations.
  • Foundations concreted.
  • DPC bedded.
  • Hardcore fill prior to concreting oversite / ground floor slab.
  • Drains laid.
  • Superstructure to first floor level.
  • Roof structure prior to covering.
  • Drains backfilled and ready for testing.
  • Occupation.
  • Completion. 

On occasions other inspections will be made as the work progresses, to ensure that the work complies with the Building Regulations.  Following a satisfactory completion inspection, a Completion Certificate will be issued.