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.
TEMPORARY CHANGES TO OUR SERVICE
Due to the current COVID-19 emergency, St Albans District Council Building Control has reviewed its inspection policy.
To adhere to the government guidelines on social distancing, we aim to continue to offer a comprehensive inspection service as circumstances allow, either in person or remotely.
We will visit sites to inspect the key structural parts of your project including (but not limited to):
- foundation excavations
- steel work
- fire safety work
If we make a physical site visit, we will take every precaution to ensure we all stay safe. Our surveyors will adhere to the latest government guidance around social distancing, by not shaking hands and maintaining a distance of 2 metres from people on site.
Where possible, we will accept an 'evidence based' approach for some inspections. This evidence needs to be agreed with your case officer. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01727 819289.
We are not currently carrying out any internal inspections within any occupied buildings for such stages as thermal insulation, roof structures, and completion of works.
Plan checking will continue as normal. If possible please submit applications electronically.
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