1. Visiting from the US? Why not try DIYnot.US instead? Click here to continue to DIYnot.US.
    Dismiss Notice

Swapped door and window in current openings

Discussion in 'Building Regulations and Planning Permission' started by scoobydo123, 20 Jun 2016.

  1. scoobydo123

    scoobydo123

    Joined:
    30 Nov 2008
    Messages:
    697
    Thanks Received:
    36
    Location:
    Essex
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Hi,

    Around 2 years ago I moved a back door (PVC probably around 15 years old), to where a window was, the window I took out was much larger than the door so is under an exsiting lintel and used themlite blocks to fill opening (9 inch brick work). Where the door came from had a small side window attached to the door which I replaced with a new window (purchased from wickes) once again below current lintel and used thermalite blocks to fill opening (9 inch brick work again).

    Have just recieved a letter from LA, that a complaint has been raised about the work. I have spoken to them and they say I need to put in for retrospective building works and will need to change the door to a more modern one due to breach in U ratings of moved door.

    Obviously could do without this additonal expense (for the new door). But dont mind the fees if required just for notification of work. Think this is a bit harsh any way out?
     

    Attached Files:

  2. Nakajo

    Nakajo

    Joined:
    5 Dec 2014
    Messages:
    1,669
    Thanks Received:
    142
    Location:
    Berkshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Which aspect(s) of this work do they consider to be notifiable?
     
  3. geraldthehamster

    geraldthehamster

    Joined:
    7 Feb 2010
    Messages:
    2,928
    Thanks Received:
    312
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    They have 12 months to take action against you for a breach of building control (by the usual route anyway). They're out of time.

    Cheers
    Richard
     
  4. ^woody^

    ^woody^

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2006
    Messages:
    26,031
    Thanks Received:
    3,196
    Location:
    West Mids
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    No, they can take action any time after the 12 month period, via an injunction. The homeowner will pay all the costs if a breach of the Building Act/ Regulations is found.
     
  5. geraldthehamster

    geraldthehamster

    Joined:
    7 Feb 2010
    Messages:
    2,928
    Thanks Received:
    312
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Only likely if it's dangerous. Which this isn't.
     
  6. ^woody^

    ^woody^

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2006
    Messages:
    26,031
    Thanks Received:
    3,196
    Location:
    West Mids
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    How do they know that without getting an injunction to open it up?
     
  7. geraldthehamster

    geraldthehamster

    Joined:
    7 Feb 2010
    Messages:
    2,928
    Thanks Received:
    312
    Country:
    United Kingdom
  8. scoobydo123

    scoobydo123

    Joined:
    30 Nov 2008
    Messages:
    697
    Thanks Received:
    36
    Location:
    Essex
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Ok thanks seems like very much sit it out, worst case will need to change the glazing in the door. Think this has all come about by neighbour having work done and inspector seeing the "building work" that I have done. Understand if lintels were involved but they were all in place. The U rating will actually be better than what was there as far less glazing now and also fire exit path is much better due to the kitchen revamp that I also done. Oh no part P required for those works I done there so Shhhh :)
     
  9. ^woody^

    ^woody^

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2006
    Messages:
    26,031
    Thanks Received:
    3,196
    Location:
    West Mids
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Yes, read the planning portal for details about building regs. :rolleyes:

    I'm just stating that they can and will do if they have to. It's not the 12 months you said, and its not what you find on the first few pages of a google search. If you're alarmed, sorry but that's not my fault.
     
  10. geraldthehamster

    geraldthehamster

    Joined:
    7 Feb 2010
    Messages:
    2,928
    Thanks Received:
    312
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I'm sorry Woody, but it's 12 months for a Section 36 notice against the householder. That's not wrong, and is nothing to do with hits on a Google search. Of course they can apply for an injunction but they're not going to do this for a simple failure to notify. If it were a bulging wall or a tottering chimney stack that might be different.
     
  11. freddiemercurystwin

    freddiemercurystwin

    Joined:
    21 Jan 2007
    Messages:
    18,260
    Thanks Received:
    1,994
    Location:
    Devon
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    woods get real! :rolleyes:
     
  12. scoobydo123

    scoobydo123

    Joined:
    30 Nov 2008
    Messages:
    697
    Thanks Received:
    36
    Location:
    Essex
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Cheers guys, probably the inspector used to be a traffic warden
     
  13. geraldthehamster

    geraldthehamster

    Joined:
    7 Feb 2010
    Messages:
    2,928
    Thanks Received:
    312
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I'd be more interested in knowing who complains about someone moving a door and window, and why...
     
  14. Nakajo

    Nakajo

    Joined:
    5 Dec 2014
    Messages:
    1,669
    Thanks Received:
    142
    Location:
    Berkshire
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Has any local authority ever taken out an injunction as a consequence of a suspected breach of building control?
     
  15. ^woody^

    ^woody^

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2006
    Messages:
    26,031
    Thanks Received:
    3,196
    Location:
    West Mids
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    The Council has two years to prosecute, and then it's injunctions.
     
Loading...

Share This Page