Request a Building Control site visit

There are a number of ways that you can request a site visit.

COVID-19 and Building Control Inspections

The Local Authority is committed to working with you to achieve compliant buildings and we are doing our best to deliver a quality service with minimal disruption to yourselves. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to the Building Control Service, certain criteria will need to be met for a physical site inspection to be carried out. In this regard please complete the following:

Have you or anyone on site:

  • Been exposed to coronavirus in the last 14 days?
  • Had contact with somebody with symptoms of coronavirus?
  • Had a fever?
  • Had a cough?
  • Suffer from shortness of breath?
  • Loss of sense of smell?
  • Loss of taste?

If the answer to any of the above is yes, then we will not be able to carry out a physical site inspection. We will accept photo and/or video evidence instead. The Building Control Surveyor will then review the evidence sent immediately and request further details if the submitted evidence is unclear. Live video link can also be used to direct the builder to the area of interest.

If the answer to any of the above is no then an online site visit may be booked; however, before entering any meeting or site, the builders or owners etc should be made aware that they and other site operatives should maintain a safe distance of 2m to the person meeting them. Before entering the site, the Building Control Surveyor will telephone the person responsible and ask the same above questions in relation to anyone in the building or on site.

About site visits

Site visits are generally carried out Monday to Friday between 10.30am and 3.30pm; however, arrangements can be made for inspections outside of these times. Please contact the Building Control Surveyor directly. Please note that no visits will be carried out at weekends. 

If you have any questions or comments please contact the Building Control Team.

Online form

Please note that a reference number will be required for this option.

Use our online form to request a site visit.

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) app

Download the free LABC app to apply from your mobile device.

Inspection Framework - Owner/Occupier/Builder

The following inspection stages are those for which the Regulations require that the builder or owner give formal “notice” before covering the work in question. Inspections will need to be made as appropriate to the job in question. In most instances 1 days notice is required, occupation and completion inspections require 5 days notice.

As a general rule however, provided a request is made for any inspection before 10.00am on work days, an inspection will normally be made the same day. A request at any other time will normally involve an inspection the following working day.

“Notice” referred to above can be by telephone directly to the Building Control Surveyor supervising your project, or Building Control Admin support Team on 020 8891 7117, or fax on 020 8891 7347, or email to: buildingcontrol@richmond.gov.uk.

Statutory inspections
Type of Works Description Notice Notes
Commencement
of works
That you intend to commence works 2 days This might include site of existing foundation examination
Foundation excavations Before anything is placed in the excavations 1 day More than one visit may be necessary
Covering of
foundations
Before the foundation concrete is covered 1 day May be done with either of the next two inspections
Hardcore
Oversite
Before any hardcore or concrete laid over the site is covered 1 day May include mesh reinforcement, thermal insulation provision and damp proof membrane
Damp
Proof
Courses
Before any damp proof course or membrane is covered, including tanking 1 day May be combined with above inspection, but may include dpc's in other locations
Drains Before covering up any drain or sewer 1 day Includes all access, cleaning and rodding points
Backfilling
drain
excavations
Before backfilling any drain or sewer which has been haunched or covered 5 days At this stage it may be prudent to include a test on the underground drains
Occupation Before a building or any part of it is occupied 5 days Occupying a building before substantial completion may give rise to health and safety risks.  A plumbing test may be included
Completion After completion of the works 5 days No Completion Certificate will be issued without a final inspection and notice of completion
Important:
Part P
Electrical
Safety
Installation 1 day All electrical work required to meet the Requirements of Part P (Electrical Safety) must be designed, installed, inspected and tested by a person competent to do so.
  Completion 5 days Prior to completion the Council should be satisfied that Part P has been complied with.  This may require an appropriate BS7671 electrical installation certificate to be issued for the work by a person competent to do so.

In addition to the "statutory inspections" referred to above, as appropriate to the project and with specific reference to this particular project the following items should be inspected also:

Additional Inspections

  • IL03 - Steel/Timber beams
  • IL01 - Thermal insulation

You are therefore advised to ensure that notice is given so that these items are particularly inspected.  It must be understood that this list is not comprehensive, but highlights items of particular and specific interest to a project.

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Updated: 19 May 2020