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Process to obtain building control drawings

Covid-19 update

Due to the rapidly changing Covid-19 situation, there has been an immediate effect on some of our services. The council has put in place contingency plans and where a service is affected, we are establishing alternative ways of continuing to provide the service.

Due to current government guidance restricting non-essential contact with others, the majority of our staff will be working from home. Whilst these restrictions are in place, copy document requests are still likely to be fulfilled, however it may not be possible to fulfil file or drawing retrieval requests. 

Viewing historic building control files

Building control documents are not public documents and are protected under provisions of the Data Protection Act 1990.

In order to view any documentation that accompanied a building control application, we require written evidence giving consent from the owner of the property allowing you to view the documents. If upon viewing, you wish to obtain copies of drawings, written permission from the original architects of those drawings is required.

For retrieval of building control files: email buildingcontrol@towerhamlets.gov.uk

You will be contacted within approximately 10 working days and we will confirm the process, associated costs and payment options.

If you only require a copy of a completion certificate please feel free to go to our webpage: request documents and file retrieval.