Builder not complying with Building Regs

Discussion in 'Building Regulations and Planning Permission' started by steveb1964, 13 Jul 2010.

  1. steveb1964

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    I've just been to look at a friends conservatory (which is very nice)

    The builder has had to move some drains so the foundations could be put in but they never went through building control which i'm sure is wrong.

    I told this to my friend who said they had no idea about building regs etc so rang the builder. He said it was fine and not needed so no need to worry.

    This work was done 9-12 months ago and they are selling the house soon. My concern for them is as it hasn't gone through building regs if anyone ever queries the work they might get into trouble.

    Can anyone suggest any advice about what I should advise them to do. They're under the impression everything is fine but I fear they could become unstuck especially if selling the house.

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  2. ColJack

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    they can apply for a regularisation i believe, where the LABC come and retrospectively inspect the work.. you might come a cropper if it's not right though and be forced to correct it..

    please bear in mind I'm a sparky so don't know for definite, only what I've read or heard..
     
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    This topic would be better in the Building Regulations and Planning Permission form section...

    http://www.diynot.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=36

    How about planning permission... was that required?

    http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/england/public/buildingwork/projects/workcommonconservatory/

    It may have been exempt from Building Regulations...

    http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/en...kcommonconservatory/workmorebregsconservatory

    Under planning, you can obtain a certificate of lawfulness to confirm the proposed (conservatory) works were permitted but as far as I'm aware, there's no official application/certificate that deals with the building regulations exemption.
     
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    The actual conservatory was exempt from building regs and planning. It is the work done on the drains that I fear needed to go through building control.

    If they do nothing can someone turn round and make them get it inspected in the future?
     
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    I can't see anybody taking action as the works were done as part of the conservatory, which was exempt. If they want building control approval, there's no harm in them applying to just deal with the drains, but it will of course warrant a fee, based on an estimated cost of work.
     
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    Just spoke to building control at the council and even though the conservatory didn't need planning etc it should have gone through building regs as work was carried out on the drains.

    Hmmm will inform them but guess they'll keep quiet
     
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    I suppose he or she could use the argument as to how long the works have been completed.
     

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