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Building Control

We are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards in building design and construction. We ensure that buildings comply with building regulations and other relevant legal requirements in respect of health, safety, welfare and energy efficiency.

We aim to assist you within a time scale which keeps your costs to a minimum by providing a fast, efficient and cost effective service. We provide an advisory service for applications for Street Naming and Numbering, an emergency response to notifications of Dangerous Structures and Buildings.

The service is also responsible for the control of the demolition of redundant buildings.

How we can help

Local Knowledge: We have extensive knowledge of local conditions and problems.

Advice: We offer advice and assistance from design to completion.

One Stop Shop: We provide close links with other council departments and fire safety officers.

Inspection Service: We will carry out site inspections the next working day after a to call our office. If possible we will try and accommodate requests for an inspection on the same day.

After Hours Efficiency: Too busy to stop work and phone? You can access this website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and download any important documents or application forms.

Impartiality: We are completely impartial. We aim to give a prompt, efficient and courteous service.

Peace of Mind: Upon satisfactory completion of works a completion certificate is provided.

In the process of development, whether it is the erection of a new building, extending or altering an existing building, or changing the way a building is used, you will normally need to seek building regulation approval and possibly planning permission.

Planning permission establishes that the building or proposed use of land is acceptable in principle. Building regulations specifically relate to the technical aspects of construction and cover such matters as structural stability, fire resistance, means of escape, disabled access, weather resistance, thermal insulation, and drainage etc.

Building control ensures that buildings are constructed and altered so that they comply with the building regulations, that dangerous structures are made safe and that demolitions are done in as safe a manner as possible.

The purpose of the regulations is to protect the health and safety of people in or around buildings. They also deal with conserving energy and with access and facilities for disabled people.

Building control surveyors manage the building regulations. Our highly qualified and experienced team of surveyors examine and comment on plans for development and inspect work that is in progress. Their wide knowledge of materials and building methods is available to you at all stages of the building process.

Before you carry out building work, you or your agent (architect, builder or surveyor) must advise us by submitting full plans for approval or through the building notice procedure.

Contacts

Email:

buildingcontrol@lancaster.gov.uk

Telephone:

01524 582370

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