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Building Control

At Bury Council, Building Regulations are administered by our Building Control service which is part of our Planning Service.

Our highly qualified and experienced team of Building Control officers examine and comment upon plans for developments and carry out inspections of work in progress. Their extensive knowledge of materials and construction methods is available to you at all stages of the construction process.

Building Control can contribute towards the success of your project and our service includes:

  • detailed checking procedures for projects submitted for Building Regulation approval
  • efficient site inspection service, mobile communications and answer phone facility
  • unrivalled knowledge of local ground conditions
  • advice on Building Regulations from qualified surveyors with years of practical site experience (pre-deposit meetings are available in appropriate cases)
  • close liaison with other local authority departments and official agencies, including the Fire Authority
  • archive of records containing invaluable information concerning existing structures
  • information and advice concerning access and facilities for disabled people.

We also investigate reported dangerous buildings and structures in the interest of public safety.

We're accredited to ISO 9001 Quality Management System (certificate number 16180-QMS-090). ISO 9001:2015 is the internationally recognised standard for quality. By being certified, country wide, we can reassure our customers that Bury Council Building Control is fully committed to providing a quality service by continuously undergoing the scrutiny of this third part certification body.

Our ISO 9001 quality policy statement is available on request. Please contact us for details.

Building Regulations explained

The Building Regulations are legislation approved by Parliament that relate to standards of design and building work for the construction of domestic, commercial and industrial buildings. The Building Regulations contain a list of requirements that are designed to ensure the health and safety of people in and around buildings, to ensure that fuel and power are conserved and to ensure access and facilities are provided for all people to and use of buildings.

There are 14 parts, A-H, J-M and P-Q, which cover subjects such as structure, fire safety, ventilation, drainage, energy conservation, and access and facilities for disabled people. These requirements assist designers and builders to give them maximum flexibility in preparing their plans.

Each part is called an 'Approved Document', containing practical and technical guidance on how the requirements can be met in common building situations. There are alternative ways of complying with the requirements to those shown in the 'Approved Documents' such as providing relevant structural calculations to demonstrate compliance with safety requirements on the structure of the building. Other alternative ways include providing approved certificates and literature from such sources as the British Board of Agreement that gives technical approvals for specific individual material components or details contained in the British Standards.

View the approved documents for Building Regulations on GOV.UK.