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When Is Building Control Approval Required?

When Is Building Control Approval Required?

Are you planning a renovation or construction project for your home or business? If so, it’s important to know when building control approval is required. Building regulations are in place to ensure that structures are safe and meet specific standards. Failure to obtain the necessary approvals can result in costly fines, delays, and even legal action. In this blog post, we’ll explore when building control approval is needed and what types of projects require certification. So let’s dive in!

What Is Building Control Approval?

Building control approval is required when significant alterations, additions or modifications are being made to a property. This includes changes to the exterior, interior and structure of the building. The purpose of obtaining building control approval is to ensure that the alterations do not pose a safety risk and that any proposed changes comply with local zoning regulations.

In order to obtain building control approval, the applicant must submit an application to the municipality in which the property is located. The municipality will then conduct an inspection of the property and make a determination as to whether or not building control approval is required. If building control approval is required, the municipality will issue a Building Control Approval Certificate (BCAC) specifying what amendments need to be made in order for the alterations to be permitted. Once all amendments have been made, the BCAC must be returned to the municipality along with payment of applicable fees.

When is it Required?

When is Building Control Approval Required?

Building control approval is required for any large-scale construction, including renovations and new construction. This process ensures that the project will meet all local and state regulations, and protects the public from potential safety hazards.

The building control approval process can take several weeks or months, depending on the complexity of the project. Every municipality has different regulations, so it’s important to consult with a local building inspector prior to starting any construction.

What are the Requirements?

Building control approval is required for any type of construction that affects the structural integrity of a building. Building control approval includes but is not limited to: New construction, alterations, repairs and replacements. The requirements for obtaining building control approval vary depending on the type of construction being undertaken.

In general, the owner or contractor must submit an application to the local authority (LA) in advance of starting work. The LA will then issue a certificate of compliance (COC). The COC should be carried with the contractor at all times while working in or near a building.

If the proposed work affects the structural integrity of a building, then the LA will require submission of an appropriate structural engineering report (SER). If there is any doubt about whether or not the proposed work will have an adverse affect on the structural integrity of a building, then an SER should be prepared.

Once approved by the LA, work can commence. If subsequent inspections reveal that there has been an adverse impact on the structural integrity of a building as a result of work carried out previously without approval, then prosecution may follow.

How to Obtain Approval

Generally, when you are planning to erect a building or structure, obtaining control approval from the local authority is required. The purpose of this approval is to ensure that the proposed work will not have a negative impact on the environment or public safety. In some cases, you may also need engineering or environmental assessments in addition to control approval.

To obtain control approval, you will need to submit an application to your local authority. The application will include detailed information about the proposed work and how it will affect the environment. Your local authority may ask for additional information, such as feasibility studies or environmental impact reports (EIRs).

Once your application has been approved, your local authority will issue a certificate of compliance. This certificate must be displayed prominently on site during construction and must be updated as necessary throughout the project. Failure to display this certificate may lead to fines from the authorities.


There are a few things to keep in mind when trying to build approval control into your processes. First and foremost, make sure that you have designed your controls to be as effective as possible. Next, make sure that the approvals required are meaningful and necessary for the process at hand. Finally, consider how you can automate many of the approvals so that they occur without human interaction. By following these tips, you will be on your way to building approval control into your processes and ensuring that all critical steps are taken before proceeding with any project or endeavor.