Under the Building Act 1984 it is possible for a third party Approved Inspector to carry out the building control function for controllable work, to do so they submit an Initial Notice to the Council. This removes the Council from any obligation to control the work and approval of the work is therefore subject to the Approved Inspector's control.
In 2019, we were informed that several Approved Inspectors were unable to secure the required level of public liability and professional indemnity insurance cover which means they are no longer able to operate as an Approved Inspector.
The Approved Inspectors that currently have no insurance includes Aedis, GSA and Head Projects - but this list is not exhaustive and more Approved Inspectors insurances may expire in the future. Please check the Approved Inspector Register on the CICAIR website for current details of insurance.
The lack of insurance means these companies are no longer able to inspect any building works or issue the required statutory notices to you and the council, including any final or part final certificates. The relevant legislation states that if an Approved Inspector is unable to carry out their functions, either they or the person carrying out the works must cancel the Initial Notice lodged with a local authority. If work has already commenced on site, the work must, by law be passed back to the local authority to ensure compliance with the Building Regulations.
When work is ‘reverted’ to us in this way, you need to provide us with as much information as possible to help us to determine that any works undertaken to date comply with the relevant regulations. All local authorities are obliged to levy a fee for work that is reverted to them, but this fee will be individually assessed based on the size of the project and the amount of time we anticipate we will need to satisfy ourselves of compliance with the Building Regulations.
Any information you have about inspections undertaken so far, including building plans, structural calculations, and any photographs of the work in progress will also be of great assistance.
We must make you aware that if we cannot ascertain compliance with particular parts of the work, we may ask for certain works to be uncovered for our inspection. It will be our aim to keep this to a minimum.
We appreciate this matter will be of great concern, but our aim is to assist you through the process so that you can attain the Building Regulation Completion Certificate and have building works that comply with the requirements of the Building Regulations.
Please also note that dealing with reversions from Approved Inspectors is a statutory duty of local authorities - the Approved Inspector’s ability to trade and the issue of any fees previously paid to your Approved Inspector is outside our remit or control. Complaints related to the behaviour of any Approved Inspector should be directed to the designated body - the Construction Industry Council Approved Inspectors Register (CICAIR Ltd) in the first instance and to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) thereafter.
Please note a person failing to submit, a cancellation notice, in the case of an Approved Inspector no longer being able to carry out their building control function, is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.
Initial information needed to be provided for the Reversion Application:
- Cancellation of the originally submitted Initial Notice
- A completed reversion application form
- Details of Approved Inspectors records including Plans Certificates, visits, inspections records, actions, and outcomes
- Payment of the correct fee
Other information may be requested from the surveyor, so compliance can be confirmed and before a completion certificate can be issued – this may include:
- A comprehensive technical information package for the works that may include plans, sections, elevations, site plans, specifications
- Mechanical and electrical information
- Energy calculations, air tests, sound tests
- Statutory consultations, formal agreements, specialist engineers reports and calculations
- Third party warranties and any other commissioning certification
In order to make a reversion application you will need to contact your local authority building control team who will arrange for a surveyor to come to site to assess the status of work, what will need to be done to obtain compliance and to confirm our fee to do so. We will aim to work with you to ensure works can be approved and appropriate certification issued in as timely a fashion as possible.
Unfortunately, you will not be able to submit a Reversion application online due to the bespoke nature of each application. Please use the form below and email to Building Control Solutions. As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us,
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