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Our Procedures:

Seven Steps To Building Regulations Compliance

  1. You contact us and discuss your project at the earliest opportunity by phone, by email, in person or by letter the choice is yours. On larger projects our early involvement can reduce costs and design changes later in the process. Providing detailed drawings at this stage may reduce your fees.
  2. We agree contract terms, conditions and fees with the client, and we are instructed to submit the initial notice on your behalf (application process). Applications can be made, by email, or hard copy on paper the choice is yours. If you prefer we will call you and do this over the telephone.
  3. The Client or their agent supply drawings and specification as necessary again, by email, on disc or hard paper copies the choice is yours. 
  4. We do an initial design assessment on the drawings and feedback in writing, where you require it; we provide a plan certificate once the plans are received and approved (equivalent to a full plans approval). There is no 5 or 8 week time limit before rejection, we work with you until your plans are approved where requested.
  5. We consult the Fire Authority and convey any comments back to the design team, we will also carry out any other necessary statutory consultations.
  6. You notify us when you commence and site inspections are carried out at agreed intervals to ensure that construction meets the agreed design and Building Regulations. We aim to use a single surveyor to create a sound working relationship and build trust and understanding with site personnel that allows a more efficient service.
  7. If requested, after each inspection a written report is issued which indicates the site status, identifies what has been inspected, and highlights any queries. This is designed to ensure that all parties are clearly informed during the construction phase and gives an early warning of non compliance so that action can be taken. Upon satisfactory completion of building works, a Final Certificate will be issued. This certificate is copied to the client, the local authority and the fire authority.

Inspections

As stated above, we require notification of commencement of works onsite. We also request that the responsible person contacts us for the following stages in the build;

Excavations for foundations - Every project type

Drainage - Every project type

Damp proof course/membrane - All Basements and where high ground levels require a tanking detail

Oversite - Risk-based assessment, all that require reinforcement

Structure - Every project type

Fire Stopping - All commercial projects and joined dwellings/flats

Acoustic features - Housing, Flats and Schools

Occupation - Every project type

Completion - Every project type

 

•  Our function as an Approved Inspector is to take such steps as are reasonable to be satisfied within the reasonable limits of professional skill and care that the applicable requirements of the Building Regulations are complied with. Although inspections of work are not a legal requirement they are undertaken to enable Gateway Building Control to meet its function.

•  Remote inspection techniques may be used as an alternative to on-site surveyor inspection, such as photographs, video or other remote media.

•  Gateway Building Control reserve the right to request whatever tests are deemed necessary to demonstrate compliance with the applicable requirements of the building regulations.

•  For some larger/more complex commercial projects additional inspections to those shown above may be required to enable Gateway Building Control to meet it's function as detailed above.