This is the phase that takes us from initial survey and discussion through design and completes any planning applications that may be needed. It also includes any negotiations and revisions with the planning officer.
Building regulations compliance is a completely separate process from Planning Approval. Almost all work on a property that involves structural changes will need to comply with Building Regulations – whether planning permission is needed or not.
During the building works the Building Inspector will visit the site at certain key times – for example when the foundations have been excavated but before the concrete has been poured – to give approval for the work to continue. The inspector will approve matters concerning the insulation, structure, drains and fire protection. This process is intended to ensure that all works are completed to the standards laid down in the ‘Approved Documents’ that sets out the standards for building work in England.