Protocol between us & building control bodies
When a development is underway, a building control body is usually required to inspect the site to ensure that all work complies with certain building standards (outlined in H4 Building Regulations). Developers can choose whether to use their Local Authority's Building Control Department or an independent Approved Inspector to carry out these site inspections.
We have approached building control bodies (Local Authority Building Control Departments and independent Approved Inspectors) to find a way to work together to make sure that you do not experience excessive disruption to your developments, both in terms of cost and time. As a result, many of these building control bodies have agreed to inspect any potential 'build overs', on behalf of us. This arrangement, or 'Protocol' came into effect 1st October 2011.
Where a development is over, or within close proximity to one of our drainage or sewer pipes, we've given many building control bodies our consent that as long as the building/development meets certain conditions and complies with H4 Building Regulations, the building control body can approve the build over on our behalf.
Any inspector who has reviewed a site on our behalf (either from a Local Authority or independent company) will advise us when inspections have taken place and will let us know the outcome e.g. if the build over is approved.
They will also advise us where the sewer/drain is located, as it is unlikely that we will have information on many of these pipes. We will use this information to update the statutory sewer map.
If you go on to sell your property, we will know that the sewer/drain has been built over and that the work meets our approval. If requested, we will confirm this information to individuals or mortgage lenders acting on behalf of a potential buyer.
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