Making sure buildings are safe as houses

Councillor Malcolm Chandler ANL-140107-120921001
Councillor Malcolm Chandler ANL-140107-120921001
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CABINET CALL: By Councillor Malcolm Chandler, Portfolio holder for Regulatory and Building Control Services

Over previous columns I have highlighted the important and essential services within the Regulatory Services Portfolio.

Building Control Services is one which many of you may not yet have come in to contact with. Their function is to provide help and guidance to residents to ensure that the buildings in which we live, work and play are built and kept structurally safe for us to live work and play.

Consider an incident when a building in which you live in, or come into contact with, becomes dangerous from structural damage due to extreme weather conditions, or a motor vehicle colliding with the building, or other incident.

The team, working in partnership with other emergency services, will be called on to assess and secure the building structure at a minute’s notice.

On a more general level Building Control are proud to be able to offer a local service for Building Regulation compliance.

The day you receive your planning permission, the team are on hand to assist you through the process of getting all the necessary building regulation permissions to ensure your building project is built to the modern standards laid down, as well as to ensure you have that guaranteed independence of it being checked for compliance, thereby reducing the risk of a poor standard builder affecting your project and its safety.

Our Building Control team is proud of being the first team within the council to provide access to a range of services for its many customers, 24 /7.

For more information on the services available from Building Control please get in touch - full internet access is available on