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Extension re-built but builder is saying no paperwork needed ? Is this right?

Discussion in 'Building Regulations and Planning Permission' started by Lorraine1234, 31 May 2016.

  1. Lorraine1234

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    Hello out there, I'm at a bit of a loss and hoping someone knowlegable may be able to give me some pointers.
    A local building company rebuilt my kitchen extension last year.
    The original one-storey structure was single skinned and always freezing. The new structure is essentially the same size, but slightly extended to allow for double-skinned walls/insulation. An extra window was also added. When the orginal building was demolished it was discovered there were no foundations.
    The new build itself is great but the the builder is being evasive about the completion paperwork. His orginal quote stated he'd liaise with building control. All I have at present is an electrical certificate of compliance. I've checked on my local council building regs site and nothing has been registered. My problem is I don't know exactly what I should be asking the builder for, if anything? Any advice really appreciated. Thanks in anticipation!
     
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    Sounds like the extension would have been treated as a totally new extension and as such would have required Building Regulations approval and built to current standards.

    Sounds like the builder didn't bother. Ask him if he applied for Building Regulations Approval, either by a "full plans submission" or a "building notice" and you want a copy of the "approval notice" and/or the "completion certificate"?
     
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    It would certainly need building regulations approval - which is concerned with the structural stability, sound and heat insulation, water resistance, sanitation and fire safety amongst other things.

    The good thing, is that this can be applied for retrospectively and the work checked now that it is built. Obviously, some things may need to be opened up for checking, and things that are not right put right. But all this should be at your builders expense.

    You will need the b/regs completion certificate when you come to sell, and your home insurance could be invalid without one.

    You probably wouldn't have needed planning permission, but research "permitted development" rights, and compare your extension to the size and location criteria.
     
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  4. Lorraine1234

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    Thank you both Wessex101 and Woody. Really appreciate you taking the time to respond. It's great to have some advice and guidance going forward and to know that all is not lost if the worst comes to it and no paperwork has been submitted. Thanks again folks.
     
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