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  1. Building Regulations
  2. How to get approval
  3. The approval process

The approval process

The way to obtain approval will depend on whether you choose to use the Building Control services of a Local Authority or an Approved Inspector. 

If you choose to use an Approved Inspector then you should jointly notify the Local Authority that the Approved Inspector is carrying out the building control function for the work. This notification is called an "Initial Notice".

If you choose to use a Local Authority, the procedures are set out in the Building Regulations. Some of them relate to pre-site procedures and others relate to procedures once work is underway on site.

Pre-site approval

If you choose to use a Local Authority building control service, there are three types of application for approval you can make.

On site approval

The Building Control Service will make statutory and routine inspections as the work progresses to ensure compliance with the building regulations and other allied legislation.