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Revised Building Control arrangements in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis

Site inspections and submission of Building Control applications

Following the extension of the government's measures to protect the country, Adur & Worthing Councils’ Building Control are temporarily suspending the usual comprehensive level of on-site inspections of certain building works unless exceptionally required. This is not a permanent arrangement, but will certainly continue for the next three weeks.

Inspections will be undertaken for external works for the following items:

  • Foundations
  • Drainage
  • Oversite
  • DPC

Where site inspection of critical internal structural elements are required please contact the Office to discuss whether this can be done by remote means (photos etc).

Site inspections will only be undertaken where government guidelines of social distancing can be achieved and there is no one who has symptoms who should be in isolation on site at the time.

For other inspections please follow the guidance below.

  • Please notify Building Control for inspection in the normal manner:
  • At the same time please forward photographs and/or video clips of the work you wish to be inspected (remembering to quote the site address, your Building Control reference and also your telephone number) to building.control@adur-worthing.gov.uk

Your submitted photographs etc will then be reviewed by one of the Surveyors and he will then contact you to advise if that element of building work is considered satisfactory prior to covering up that item of work. A site inspection would then be considered if there was a potential risk to health and safety and/or the evidence submitted needs a more detailed on site assessment.

This doesn't mean that you or your builder can carry on working without notifying Building Control at certain stages of work. This is a statutory requirement. Consequently, you must still contact us in line with the original Inspection Service Plan that was issued to you at the start of your project.

Obviously these are unusual times and whilst we would prefer to provide advice on site I hope you appreciate that we need to temporarily change our normal procedures to reduce the risk of the virus spreading and overloading the NHS.

You can, of course, continue to contact Building Control for guidance, information or assistance by phone or email (see above details).

The team are all working hard administering and checking plans at home but do not always have access to printers or scanners. Thank you to everyone who has adapted to this new way of electronic submission.

All new applications and amendments will, therefore, now only be accepted ONLINE.

We can no longer accept cheques at this time and would ask you to either pay using our online form (see link above) or by BACS when you receive a payment request.

Finally, if you require any further information or assurance regarding your Building Control project, please:

See also:

Bryan Imbery
Building Control Manager

28th April 2020

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