Building Regulations

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 30th October 2017.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb Green

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 25 September (HL1605), whether the Building Control Department of a local authority would be deemed an independent scrutiny body when signing off work carried out by contractors working for that same local authority.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The Building Act 1984 requires local authorities to carry out the building control function unless the person carrying out the building work has chosen to employ an approved inspector as the building control body. A local authority may act as the building control body in respect of work being carried out by or on behalf of the same local authority.

Local authorities are required by the Building Regulations 2010 to take all reasonable steps to be satisfied that building work complies with all applicable requirements in the Building Regulations whoever is carrying out the building work. The Government has published a set of Building Control Performance Standards to provide guidance to building control bodies on how to avoid any possible conflicts of interest.

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