Building Control historical property searches
The Building Control department receives on average 10 house/building searches daily, and in order to turn around these enquiries as quickly as possible it is advisable to:
- Please email email@example.com or alternatively write/fax.
- Emails, written enquiries and fax will be answered within seven working days or acknowledged within two days and you will be informed of when you can expect a full reply.
- The Council can only provide Buiding Regulation plans from 1991 on an archived system. (This is dependent on the application type and whether any plans were actually deposited, and also if they are subject to copyright.)
- Due to storage requirements unfortunately no plans/drawings were retained prior to 1991 and therefore we can only provide microfiched Decision Notices.
- Any documentation available in respect of establishing the history of this property is £29.00 per document, and we will require the payment to be received before documents are printed off.
- Building Control plans are not public documents and as such there is no express right to view them. If the person enquiring has written authorisation from the person holding the copyright (usually the Architect) we can allow the person to see the plans or copy them if the permission to do so is expressed in the note from the person holding the copyright.
- Owners can see plans of their own property but can not copy them without the copyright authorisation above. This is not transferable to an Agent, and therefore the documentation can only be viewed by the Owner. For security reasons a Technical Support Officer will be required to sit with the owner whilst they peruse the documentation. There is a cost attached to this of £70.00 per hour (or part thereof). This is the standard fee for plan retrieval, and is non-refundable in the event that the details you have requested do not reveal the information you require.
- Copies are charged at £2 per A0 sheet of paper, £1 per A1 sheet of paper, 50p per A2 sheet of paper, 20p per A3 sheet of paper and 10p per A4 sheet of paper.
- Anyone can request access to see plans and site records etc under the Freedom of Information Act if they formally request access under the act. These queries are dealt with by our Legal department and not Building Control but we will pass on the request to Legal on your behalf.
- It is also possible for all details to be produced by the local authority if subject to a Court subpoena.
- All house/building enquiries are dealt with in strict date received order and paperwork will not take priority in other formats.
For further information the codes below are self-explanatory.
- FENSA, CW, BRECECA, BSI, CORGI, BESCA, ELECSA, HETAS, NAPIT, NICEIC, CERTASS, GASAFE, BMCL, NFRCCR, STROMA, TRADA, VEKA, CIGA
For these types of applications the Local Authority holds no paperwork. The Local Authority Building Control department did not investigate any aspect of this application, for our own records we are purely notified of the works being carried out. Therefore we cannot provide any documentation regarding this application and you may wish to contact the company who carried out the installation/works directly.
Building Regulation requirements
These are critical dates for when certain Building Regulation requirements came into force:
Part P introduced - with effect 1 January 2005
Building over sewers
Introduced requirement to submit Full Plans when Building Over or within 3m of a sewer – with effect 1 April 2002
Prior to 1 April 2002, Building Regulations submissions were not routinely assessed against the ‘Sewer map’ as provided by the Water Authority. The only procedure available was a ‘Map of Sewers’ which did not show S.24 sewers as they had not been mapped by the Water Authority at that time and presented to the Local Authority in a form which could be readily used. Consequently, unless shown on the official sewer map held at that time, a Building Regulation submission would not be shown to contain information relating to public sewers and an agreement with the Water Authority for building over or in proximity would not have been entered into by the applicant.
Subject to control but exempted from it if part of FENSA scheme – with effect from 1 April 2002
Contact Building Control
Technical advice, site visit requests, etc
For Building Regulations advice, technical guidance and requests for site visits/inspections in the first instance contact the Building Surveyor for your area. You can find the relevant officer, their area and all their contact numbers on our Building Control Officers page.
For any questions or comments about the Building Control Team and the services we provide, use the following contact details:
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Environment Building Control
44 York Street
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 020 8891 7117
- Minicom (for hearing impaired callers ONLY): 020 8891 7120
- Fax: 020 8891 7713
Complaining about a service
If you wish to make a complaint about our service, use our corporate complaints procedure.