If you’re looking to construct a new property, build an extension or refurbish your home, then you’ll need to be aware of the building regulations in Bolton before you even begin to think about the process.
While it might be an exciting prospect, you need to ensure that your plans and designs meet all of the building regulations in Bolton. To do this, MDA Architectural Services can help you through the planning process and make sure that all the construction legalities and building regulations are met.
To give you an insight, here are just a few of the building regulations in Bolton.
The most obvious regulation in Bolton, and anywhere else across the United Kingdom, is obtaining planning permission. If you are doing minor works to the interior or, in some cases, minor works to the outside of a building, then you may not actually need planning permission from Bolton Council.
Planning permission is needed for large works and extensions, especially to the exterior of a building. If you don’t obtain planning permission prior to construction, you’ll ultimately have to demolish what you’ve built. It’s always best to consult an architectural firm who can advise you on whether planning permission is needed or not.
Building Regulations Approval:
To convolute matters though, you may also be required to obtain building regulations approval, which is different from planning permission.
Building regulations approval are standards that are set by the government, and which have to be adhered to during any construction or repair project. The regulations set out standards for a wide range of things, and are designed to keep building projects within safe limits.
The regulations cover anything from electrical wiring to the height of the walls. It’s important to consult an expert to find out if you need building regulations approval, and to obtain the approval too.
Building Control Inspections:
Once work begins, after you have secured your planning permission, building regulations approval or both, then you’ll also need to call in the local inspectors to check that the work being done is in line with the permission you’ve been granted.
Building control inspection is an important factor to consider in the construction process, as if the work is not up to standard, it will have to be redone. You’ll also need to book in the inspection with the local council-approved inspectors in advance. Again, a professional firm can not only arrange the inspections for you but can, of course, make sure the work is up to the standard required.
Building Control Applications:
Most work and building projects will need prior approval from Bolton Council, in order to ensure that you keep to the local regulations and that your building and the work being done is actually safe.
Applications take time to be processed, so always plan in advance, and be thorough to ensure you don’t miss anything or have to resubmit any applications at a later date.
MDA Architectural Services offers a wide range of services when it comes to building regulations in Bolton. Contact our team to find out more about how we can help you to plan and implement your construction projects.