Building control services

The building control service deals with the more technical side of the construction process. The main areas of interest for the building control team are:

  • Structural stability
  • Fire resistance, safety and means of escape in case of fire
  • Thermal insulation and building efficiency
  • Drainage and building ventilation
  • Inclusive design focused on minimum provisions to allow a reasonable standard of access to new buildings and extensions

The building regulations are divided into 16 categories and details of the regulations and the approved documents supporting those regulations can be viewed on the planning portal.

It is likely that any construction project you are considering will require building regulation approval. Although some projects may require both types of approval, other projects may only require planning or building regulation approval, another reason to meet early in the design process.

Unlike some planning approvals, building control is not a committee driven approval process, all of our decisions are made by the officer dealing with the case which makes our decision process quicker. The regulations are not written in a prescriptive form and so there is always an opportunity for us to discuss and agree unique methods of compliance with the regulations, there is never a single right answer. For this reason there is always benefit in meeting early in the design process to agree the most efficient and satisfactory way for you to complete a project which satisfies your needs and complies with the building regulations.

Cheltenham and Tewkesbury building control service, as the name suggests, operates for both local authorities. The service has a good working relationship with the planning teams at both Cheltenham and Tewkesbury. The building control service can offer advice as part of the planning pre-application process or as part of the development team approach.

If you want advice regarding building control please ask the planning team and they will arrange for a building control surveyor to attend their meeting. The first 30 minutes will be free of charge but extended discussions will be charged at £65 per hour and then the total charge will be deducted from any subsequent building control fee when we receive your application.

It is important to the building control team that your project is successfully completed. We will work with you so your project fulfils your requirements and is safe, comfortable and efficient to use.

Contact building control on 01242 264321 or email buildingcontrol@cheltenham.gov.uk