Building work inspections

Notifiable inspections

In order for us to help ensure your project is constructed in compliance with the Regulations and to ultimately issue a Completion Certificate, we must perform various site inspections throughout the course of the build.

Please find below a list of the stages that we would expect to be notified of:

  • Commencement*
  • Excavations for foundation*
  • Foundation concrete*
  • Damp proof course*
  • Material oversite*
  • Concrete oversite*
  • Drain - when laid*
  • Drains - when tested*
  • Main structural element, whose failure would be significant (e.g. floor timbers, roof timbers, steel beams etc.)
  • Work relating to fire safety
  • Work affecting access and facilities for disabled people
  • Specific areas of unusual design or complexity
  • Occupation - prior to completion*
  • Completion*

* You have a statutory duty to inform us of these stages if they apply to your application, failure to comply with the provision of statutory notices may result in legal action.

How to book an inspection

To book a site inspection please chose one of the following methods:

We will try to inspect the works on the day that you have requested, so long as you tell us using the online form before 4pm on the day before the required inspection or by 10 am on the inspection day if you phone us.

Due to the high levels of inspections that we carry out we cannot set specific times during the day. We will let you know whether the inspection will be in the morning or afternoon.

Completion certificates

When building work has been completed to our satisfaction, and provided that we have been notified at the appropriate inspection stages, we will issue a completion certificate. The completion certificate assures owners of property that works have been completed to the required standard. Once a completion certificate has been issued to you, we advise you to keep it in a safe place (possibly with the deeds of your property). This is because when and if you should sell your property you will be asked if any alterations have been made to it, and if there have been, whether you have a completion certificate to prove it was done in accordance with Building Regulations.