The design and construction of buildings is controlled by ensuring Building Warrant applications comply with Building Regulations for most classes and types of building, whether public or private and includes houses, shops, leisure facilities, factories, warehouses etc.
A Building Warrant application is required for the erection, conversion, alteration or extension of a building and is also necessary for the demolition of a property. It is valid for three years and construction work cannot begin until the Building Warrant has been approved. A statutory register of all building warrants is maintained.
If you are proposing to build, alter, extend, change the use of, or demolish a building, it is likely that you will first have to obtain a Building Warrant from the Building Standards Service. Please note that:
- The plans which accompany your application should be prepared by an architect or other professional design consultant.
- A fee for your building warrant application will be payable based on the estimated development costs of your proposal.
- A Buildings Standards Surveyor will check your plans for compliance with building standards. You or your professional design consultant will be notified of any changes required. When your plans indicate compliance a building warrant will be issued.
- Your building warrant will have a duration of three years but this may be extended in exceptional circumstances.
- You must notify your local Building Standards office when your work starts. The work may be inspected by Building Standards Inspectors whilst in progress, and you will be advised of any problems during or following an inspection.
- If you are in doubt over any aspect of your building warrant always ask for advice at your local office
It is your responsibility to ensure work complies on site and to certify compliance with building standards. Engaging an appropriate professional to supervise your work is strongly recommended.