Stroma Building Control offers a professional residential building control service for your home. From a small extension to a large self-build property, we provide a dedicated Surveyor to help you adhere to Building Regulation requirements.
Large self-build or smaller domestic property developments
Conversions & Refurbishment
Loft or basement conversions and domestic alterations
Extending an existing building
Why Use Stroma for Residential Building Control?
Whether you are planning an expansive self-build project or a smaller domestic development, our qualified Building Control Surveyors work with you from pre-application to interpret and explain Building Regulations requirements. We combine a client-safety-first approach to our domestic building control services, explaining the process at every stage as we move towards completion.
Before you commence any construction activities on site, you will need to begin the Building Regulation approval process. Stroma Building Control is a private Approved Inspector, an alternative to using the Local Authority for your Building Regulation approval.
- Liaise with architects, builders, and private clients throughout the project
- Structural warranty packages available
- Quick response times for site inspection requests, often within 24-48 hours
1. Initial Notice Application
You can apply to Stroma Building Control at any stage of the process to instruct us in relation to the residential building control process. However, applications should be made at least 5 working days before works start on site; this is a legal requirement to allow the Local Authority time to process the notice. Our applications are valid for 3 years before any work needs to start on-site.
Once the registration is complete, works may then commence on-site and will be checked and inspected by our service with no input from the Local Authority Building Control department.
2. Plans Check
You will need to submit drawings produced by your architect, project manager or structural engineer upon your initial quote request or Building Control application.
It is helpful to receive these as soon as possible to enable us to appraise them against the requirements of the Building Regulations and provide you with our observations/comments.
3. Site Inspections
Our inspection service is provided to support our client. Following the Initial Notice acceptance, you can request a site visit for the Site Inspections to be carried out.
Site Inspections are carried out at various stages and usually include Foundations, Damp Proof Course, Below Ground Drainage (before backfilling), Pre-Plaster Board (structure/thermal insulation), and Completion. Your surveyor will provide clear guidance as to what elements will need to be called for inspection.
4. Final Certificate
A Final Certificate will be issued following a satisfactory completion inspection by our Building Control Surveyor. Legally your works must be ready for us to issue a Final Certificate within 8 weeks of the completed works being occupied (4 weeks for commercial premises).
A final certificate indicates that, within the remit of our inspections and checks, we have satisfied ourselves that compliance has been achieved with the requirements of the regulations, including the Building Regulations outlined in the Department for Levelling-Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) guidance notes which cover various elements of building works. This Final Certificate is a very important document and is required should you ever choose to sell your property.
Please note: An Initial Notice cannot be used for retrospective works or works which have started. Works must not start before the Initial Notice is submitted and accepted.