What Is Building Control?

Building Control

Building Control is a service that ensures that building work satisfies the minimum standards required by the Building Regulations.

The Building Regulations contain a list of requirements, which are designed to ensure the health and safety of people in and around buildings; to provide for energy conservation; and to provide access and facilities for disabled people. The requirements are expressed in broad, functional terms in order to give designers and builders the maximum flexibility in preparing their plans.

The current Building Regulations came into force on 1st October 2010. The principal areas covered are:

  • Structural stability - will the building safely carry anticipated loadings?
  • Fire precautions - to check the materials used according to degree of risk, and to make sure that buildings could be evacuated without loss of life in the event of a fire.
  • The prevention of dampness and condensation in buildings.
  • Sound resistance of walls and floors between dwellings.
  • Ventilation of habitable rooms and unheated spaces.
  • Hygiene, sanitary appliances and drainage.
  • Heating appliances, including the safe discharge of flue gas.
  • Stairways, ramps and vehicle barriers.
  • Conservation of fuel and power - is the building properly insulated?
  • Access and facilities for disabled people.

If you are having construction or refurbishment work done, you may need to notify the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Bassetlaw District Council offers a friendly, flexible and impartial service to help you through the regulations, however large or small your project. Building Control also deal with Demolition and Dangerous Structures.

Pre-Application Advice

Go to our FAQ Section or call Building Control if you would like to discuss your proposals.

Building Control Register

The Council’s Open Data Website contains a register of Building Regulations applications deposited since 1995. The register is updated every four weeks.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

If you are considering buying land for development and/or submitting a planning application in the District (other than for extensions to dwellings of less than 100 sqm and certain other exceptions), please be advised that the Council has adopted its Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which came into effect on 1 September 2013.

A CIL charge applies to all relevant applications determined after this date (including those successful on appeal and those where a resolution to grant has been made but a S106 agreement has yet to be finalised), even if they were submitted in advance of this time. CIL may also apply to Permitted Development.

For further information, please visit the Community Infrastructure Levy page.