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Building Control in Oxford

People often plan Domestic Extensions as part of an investment strategy, when they have an addition in the number of family members or if someone in the family plans to open a home office.

What does home legal implications are there to extending your home?

The legislation in place mandates that you get Building Control Approval from an Approved Inspectors, or a District Surveyor.

As part of this process you may need to look at the energy consumption of your building. SAP Calculations and SBEM Calculations help you in deciding the exact levels of insulations and heating requirements of your dwelling as well as outlining how much you may spend on energy bills.

Building Control Fees can often dissuade people from appointing a Building Inspectors or District Surveyors, but the truth is that without a proper consents in place you may be carrying out illegal works and could be prosecuted by the Local Authority. In addition the standard of the work and energy consumption may mean will end up paying more in the long run than paying for the Building Control Fees.

If you believe the experts there is no downside to paying this one-off fee and having your home in Oxford approved for whatever it is that you have in mind.

When Do You Need To Hire An Inspector?

The regulations put in place by the government have made it necessary that you ask an inspector to ensure that your proposed home meets the Building Regulations as determined by Building Control. This is necessary also in case of an Office Fit Out. An office space also has to be approved by the inspectors in advance, it is advisable to start this process on paper prior to proceeding to site.

What inspectors will want to know from you?

The normal process is for an inspector is to collect as much information as possible. This includes asking for the basic information associated with the proposed Fit Out or Extension. They will want to know about the materials used and the size and scope of the construction. You need not necessarily stand by what you initially say. The answers you give the inspector helps them provide an informed initial assessment which can be altered later in time.