Our building control team is here to give advice on buildings and building works to ensure the health, safety, welfare and convenience of people using them. We offer a fast, proactive and customer-focused service within the City and District.
We aim to help achieve compliance with the building regulations in the most cost-effective manner, whilst maintaining the original design concept. We can give pre-application advice and work with you to develop your scheme, which can result in cost savings. We have close links with other Council services, including Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue. We can offer a development team approach, which is unique to Local Authority Building Control.
Important information – Approved inspectors
Approved Inspectors are required to carry Professional Indemnity insurance and Professional Liability insurance from a scheme provider approved by the Secretary of State for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). One of these scheme providers is pulling out of the market leaving only one remaining provider.
While some Approved Inspectors have been able to transfer their policies, some haven’t been offered suitable cover. The CICAIR website includes details of insurances held by each Approved Inspector.
If your Approved Inspector hasn’t been able to transfer their policy or been offered suitable cover, and your project has commenced on site, then your building works will revert to us at St Albans District Council.
Please note: that the Approved Inspector you choose may not be local and the frequency of inspections may need to be determined
A timetable for producing a Local Plan for St Albans District has been approved by Councillors.
Views on the future of South West Hertfordshire are being invited, as a draft vision for the area which aspires to accelerate ‘positive change’ is now open for public con
A public consultation has begun on measures intended to improve the planning application process in St Albans District.
The Government is to be asked to urgently clarify how future housing need in St Albans District is to be calculated.
Residents are to be consulted on a detailed vision for further improving South West Hertfordshire.
An important change to the process for planning applications has been agreed by St Albans City and District Council.
Measures taken to prevent the Chilterns Beechwoods suffering further damage may impact some planning applications in St Albans District.
Hemel Garden Communities has appointed Phillipa Zieba to the role of Programme Director. Phillipa brings with her a wealth of experience, from her previous role as Head
Improvements to the planning application system in St Albans District have been recommended for the benefit of all those involved.
Plans to create a garden village to the south-east of St Albans District would be in breach of the Government’s Green Belt policy, Councillors have warned.
A plan to create better cycling and walking routes in St Albans District is to be drawn up to encourage active travel.
Residents, businesses and community groups are being consulted about a neighbourhood plan for the parish of St Stephen.
Residents in Sandridge are to vote in a referendum on a neighbourhood plan that will help shape the area’s future development.
Property developers agreed last year to pay more than £400,000 towards the cost of community facilities in St Albans District.
Landowners, builders and other interested groups are asked to put forward sites within St Albans District which might be suitable for development.
A draft Local Plan (LP) that identified land for development in St Albans District has been withdrawn.