Building Control Drawings Explained

Structural engineering drawings

Building Control Drawings Explained


Building Control drawings explained

The law in the United Kingdom states that new construction projects need to be carried out in accordance with Building Regulations. However, there are a few circumstances where building regulations are not required, such as small porches, conservatories, or detached garages (up to 30m2 floor area).

Once the planning permission for your project has been approved, the next step is to get technical drawings (Building Control plans) to ensure the design for your project complies with building regulations. These plans entail detailed construction drawings and ensure that the design complies with the Approved Documents. There are a number of Approved Documents, ranging from A to R. These include everything from structural and fire safety requirements for a new building or extension to electronic communications and accessibility.

As well as ensuring your project is built correctly and safely, the Building Control drawings will make it easier for tendering and pricing your project. After these drawings have been produced by your Architect/Designer they will be submitted to Building Control, where they will be checked over to ensure that they comply with the Building Regulations. This helps iron out any potential problems before building work starts on site, which could help save time and money.

What do the Building Control drawings comprise of?

  • A detailed explanation of the proposed project.
  • Technical drawings which include floor plans, elevations and building sections.
  • A technical specification.
  • Structural Engineers’ calculations (if they are required for a project).
  • A site plan showing the proposed works and its surroundings.

Building Notice

You may have heard the term ‘Building Notice’ or individuals saying that you do not need Building Control plans to start your construction project. This is correct, as a Building Notice can be submitted to your local authority before starting work. The local authority will still require information such as a site plan, drainage details and in some cases, sketch drawings. By using a Building Notice, you are stating that you will be complying with building regulations on site.

This method may be possible for smaller construction projects and alterations, but with larger projects come more problems. If a Building Notice is used, some contractors might not be aware of everything a design entails and may not meet the required regulations. Contrastingly, if Building Control drawings are used they will ensure the project complies with the Building Regulations and will be checked over by several people before work can start. This method will help overcome potential problems before getting to the site, which will ensure works run smoothly with fewer problems and will provide you with the perfect new home or extension.

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