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If building work is done without the necessary Building Warrant being approved or contrary to the Building Warrant conditions Building Standards will endeavour to resolve the problem through discussion and consultation with those concerned. In most cases this usually brings about a satisfactory solution to the matter and enforcement action is not taken.

In the event of the consultation process failing or where the safety of the occupants of a building, or the public generally, is at risk then enforcement action is considered. Ultimately such action could lead to the Council having work altered or removed to put it right and recovering costs.


It is the responsibility of the owner of a building to ensure that work is carried out in accordance with the approved plans, Building Regulations and procedures. Where work fails to meet Building Standards requirements there is a risk of legal penalties so it is important to have discussions with Building Standards and consider employing suitable and competent professionals to carry out design work, supervision and construction.

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Last updated: 15 September 2015

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