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What is Building Control?

The building control service ensure works requiring permission under the building regulations are carried out to the appropriate minimum standards. Building Control also deal with other matters such as dangerous structures, demolition notices and unauthorised works.

The Building Control Service at Ashfield District Council provides a reliable and accountable service delivered by a team of professionally qualified staff who have a vast amount of experience of dealing with all aspects of building control work.

Download our Building Control information leaflet


The principle areas covered by the regulations are:-                        


  • Structural Stability
  • Fire Safety and Means of Escape
  • Prevention of Dampness
  • Sound Insulation
  • Ventilation of Rooms and Roofs
  • Sanitation, hot water safety and water efficiency
  • Drainage and waste disposal
  • Heating Appliances and Flues
  • Stairways, Ramps and Guardings
  • Conservation of Fuel and Power
  • Access to and use use of Buildings
  • Glazing - safety in relation to impact, opening and cleaning
  • Electrical safety (dwellings)






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What is the difference between Planning and Building Control?

There remains a lot of confusion between the roles of planning and building control. In simple terms planning is concerned about the appearance of a development and how it will affect people. The decisions are made in accordance with local and national planning policies.

Building Control on the other hand is concerned with how the development is built; ensuring works are satisfactory in relation to various matters - for example structural stability, fire safety, sound insulation, etc. Works are checked in accordance with national guidance in the form of approved documents and relevant British and European Standards, although alternative methods can be adopted so long as satisfactory substantiating details are provided.

For planning advice or applications, please see our Planning services.



The benefits of our service include

  • Free pre-application advice
  • Excellent local knowledge
  • Independent and accountable
  • Same day inspections*
  • Competitive Charges

* If the inspection request is received before 10:00am.

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