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When To Notify Building Control?

When To Notify Building Control?

Are you planning a construction project or major renovations for your building? If so, you may be wondering when and if you need to notify Building Control. It’s important to know the answer in order to ensure compliance with regulations and avoid costly fines. In this blog post, we’ll explore the situations that require notification and provide helpful tips on navigating the process. So sit back, relax, and get ready to learn everything you need to know about notifying Building Control!

When To Notify Building Control

If you notice smoke or heat coming from a building, the first thing you should do is call 911. If the situation does not appear to be an emergency, then your next step should be to notify building control. Smoke and heat from a fire can indicate a serious problem and may require the involvement of firefighters before it can be resolved. By contacting building control early, you can ensure that the appropriate resources are sent to the scene and that any necessary safety precautions are taken.

What To Include In The Notification

Building control is responsible for ensuring that structures in a building are safe and compliant with code. When an issue arises, they may require a notification in order to perform their inspections. However, there are times when it is not necessary to notify building control. Here are four examples:

1) If the issue is cosmetic and does not pose a safety risk.

2) If the issue has been resolved and no longer requires attention.

3) If the issue is minor and does not warrant intervention by building control.

4) If you are unsure if notification is required and want to consult with them first.

How to Make The Notification

When should you notify building control of an emergency?

If there is an immediate danger to people or property, then contact building control immediately. Do not wait for the situation to worsen.

If you believe that a fire may start, contact building control. Fire alarms are usually activated when the smoke from a fire becomes too thick or visible.

What To Do If You Are Receiving Complaints From Residents

When residents in a building complain about the noise, smell, or smoke from other residents, it is important to follow these guidelines to ensure that you are not breaching any fire safety regulations.

1. Notify the Building Control Department if the complaints are about noise levels above 45 decibels for more than two hours in a row or if the complaints are about smells that persist for more than 24 hours.

2. If the complaints are about smoke, notify Building Control if the smoke level exceeds 50 percent of the ceiling height or if it persists for more than eight hours.

3. If there is a fire, notify 911 immediately and then follow the instructions of your local emergency response team.


If you are aware of any potential hazardous material in the building, it is important to notify your building control authority immediately. The sooner they are made aware of the situation, the easier it will be to take appropriate action.