Virtually every building created must comply with the minimum standards for design, construction, and alterations. Building control regulations (BCR) are crucial for ensuring the health and safety of those who will then inhabit the property. At PC Certificates, we are here to help you understand exactly what BCR are and why they are so crucial when it comes to property.
Building regulations in the UK are statutory regulations that ensure that properties are built within the standards of the Building Act 1984. These legislations are regularly updated to guarantee that every property is of a high standard and are required for most buildings within the UK.
There are detailed regulations for a variety of features such as structural integrity, fire protection, accessibility, energy performance, acoustic performance, protection against falls, electrical and gas safety. Furthermore, BCR also cover drains and ventilation and protects against factors such as the potential for water damage or gas leakage.
Whether you are planning new buildings, conversions, renovations, or domestic and commercial extensions, BCRs are crucial to ensure health and safety. Should BCR not be adhered to, there is a risk that the new development is unsafe for those inside and outside the building.
Should a property not be built inside these regulations, it may be deemed unsafe and uninhabitable. Moreover, this can also lead to difficulty when attempting to sell your property later. An example of this can be seen after the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, where owners of properties similar to that of Grenfell are now facing difficulties selling their homes due to the same unsafe cladding being used within the property.
If building control regulations are not followed, then there can be serious consequences. Failure to comply can lead to fines, prosecution, and enforcement notices. If the building is not rectified to follow BCR, then a no completion or final certificate can be issued. This will lead to issues later down the line when a local land search enquiry is made when you wish to sell your property.
To ensure that your project goes smoothly, only hire contractors to work on your property that have a good work history. The responsibility for BCR compliance will fall to them, and to keep your project on time it is worth seeking out a professional that comes highly recommended.
If you yourself are working on the property, you should research your work before going ahead to check that you understand the building regulatory process and how it applies to your situation.
Building control regulations are different to planning permission. When carrying out work you should ensure that your property has both planning permission and will adhere to BCR standards. BCR set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the safety and health of people in or around buildings. Planning permission guides how towns, cities and countryside develops. Due to this, a separate process for each is required.
If you believe that your property follows BCR standards, it may be time to consider getting it professionally certified with a Professional Consultants Certificate. At PC Certificates, we offer an affordable alternative to structural warranty that simplifies the selling process for anyone looking to get on the market. Book your quote today to see how easy it is to get a Professional Consultant Certificate. If you have any questions, our FAQs are sure to answer them.
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