Building control

The building control service is responsible for ensuring that all building work carried out within the borough complies with building regulations. We deal with the construction of new buildings, change of use, alteration or conversion of existing buildings. This is done by determining applications, after consultation with the fire authority where appropriate, within statutory time limits and inspecting the building work on site.

National building regulations, which are made under the Building Act 1984, are designed to ensure the health, safety and welfare of people in and around buildings by outlining requirements for building design and construction.

In addition, the regulations promote energy efficiency in buildings and contribute to meeting the needs of disabled people.

The building control service also imposes conditions to preserve public safety and amenity in respect of demolition works and provides a 24/7 response to reports of alleged dangerous structures or buildings, acting to remove immediate danger where required.

We can provide expert advice on

  • building regulations
  • fire safety
  • pre-application advice
  • whether you need building control approval
  • what additional information you need to give us
  • what application form(s) you need to fill in
  • what charges you will need to pay.

Before you start building work, you or your agent (i.e. architect, builder, surveyor, developer) must notify the council either by submitting a full plans or building notice for building regulations approval.

If you have any doubts about the work you are planning to do you should consult us first.

Types of notifiable building work

  • construction of new buildings
  • conversions of existing buildings – i.e. loft or garage conversions
  • extensions
  • internal alterations
  • demolitions
  • re-roofing
  • drainage works
  • electrical work
  • heating – i.e. replacing boiler
  • replacement windows.

If you are having any building work done you will need to ensure that the council is properly notified by using suitable forms. Application forms are available here.

In addition you may need to notify the Health & Safety Executive (HSE); you may have other duties as well. Find out more at http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/cdm/buildingcontrol.htm

Further information

Electrical Safety

Gas safety

Replacement windows

Other

How to contact us

For all general enquiries, please call the planning & building control hotline: 020 7364 5009

Building Control
Mulberry Place
Clove Crescent
London
E14 2BG

Fax: 020 7364 5265
Email: buildingcontrol@towerhamlets.gov.uk  

Open: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm – except public holidays

Map and directions to planning offices (pdf, 1.3 mb)

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