Site inspections

The intention is that Building Standards may inspect on-going works during construction, as they see fit. To help facilitate this Building Standards must be notified in writing of the commencement of works on site within 7 days of the start date. The need for and frequency of, inspections is assessed, taking into account matters such as the type of work, quality of information submitted, etc. It must be stressed that the inspections are to protect the public interest in terms of compliance with building regulations, not to ensure that all the work is constructed as the person paying for the work would want it.

To assist Building Standards in deciding when to inspect, applicants are required to inform verifiers when work commences, when drains are laid but not covered, when the drainage system is complete and when the building is complete. For particular projects Building Standards may also require applicants to give notice when other stages of work are complete, such as when foundations are about to be laid or a roof structure has been erected. The nature and frequency of inspections carried out by Building Standards may vary dependant on a risk assessed approach and the size and complexity of the project.

Applicants also need to inform Building Standards of any work that is to be certified by an approved certifier of construction, before that works starts on site. Applicants should agree any such declarations with the certifiers identified to do the work, as if subsequently the work is not certified, it may result in the need for disruptive surveys and delay. A verifier should not inspect works on site that are the subject of a certificate of construction.

Failure on the part of the applicant or agent to comply with these requirements could result in Building Standards refusing to issue a Completion Certificate.