Building Inspectors

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 5th February 2015.

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Photo of Mark Garnier Mark Garnier Conservative, Wyre Forest

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Building Approved Inspectors Regulations 2000 in providing independent and transparent assessment of building plans.

Photo of Stephen Williams Stephen Williams The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Under provisions in the Building Act 1984 approved inspectors have a duty to inspect plans of proposed building work for compliance and, where required, consult fire and rescue authorities and sewerage undertakers on the plans. Where the plans show compliance and where the person carrying out the work wishes, the approved inspector will give a plans certificate to that effect. A plans certificate is a public document. Regulation 9 of the Building (Approved Inspectors etc.) Regulations 2010 requires approved inspectors to operate independently. The Government has no plans to change the relevant provisions in the Building Act 1984 or Regulation 9 of the Building (Approved Inspectors etc.) Regulations.

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