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
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
- internal alterations
- 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
on the HSE website
How to contact us
For all general enquiries, please call the
planning & building control hotline: 020 7364 5009
London E14 2BG
Fax: 020 7364 5265
Open: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
– except public holidays
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