What is an Approved Inspector?
Anyone carrying out Building Work (as defined in the Building Regulations) in England or Wales has to comply with the Building Regulations. The Building Regulations are set by the Department of Communities and Local Government and their purpose is to ensure that buildings are safe, healthy, accessible and sustainable for current and future generations.
Before 1997, an application under the Building Regulations had to be made to the local authority, but since then, a system of private Building Control has existed where Approved Inspectors can be used to provide the Building Control service instead of the local authority building control officer / building inspector carrying out the building inspections.
Approved Inspectors must be licenced by the Construction Industry Council and are rigorously checked to ensure that the service they provide and the staff they employ are of the highest professional standard. They must adhere to the Construction Industry Council’s Code of Conduct which includes a complaints procedure. Additionally, as a firm of Chartered Surveyors, Capital Approved Inspectors Limited is regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. We are also backed by insurance.
Approved Inspectors must take reasonable steps to satisfy themselves that Building Work complies with the Building Regulations. Capital Approved Inspectors Limited will:
- Advise you on how the Building Regulations apply to your work
- Check your plans
- Make all statutory consultations on your behalf
- Inspect the work as it progresses in accordance with an agreed inspection framework
- Issue a final certificate
For further details, please see our Building Control Policy.
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