Explains what building control is and what the competent person scheme is.
The role of Building Control is principally to ensure the health and safety of people in and about buildings. The following activities are carried out to achieve this:
Our aim is to collectively work with you in the provision of an efficient service to your customer and to assist in the satisfactory completion of your constructional projects.
The service handles approximately 2,500 fee-paying applications every year from small domestic extensions to large-scale major projects such as power stations and hospitals.
If you are intending to erect a new building or to extend, alter or change the use of a building, the regulations will probably apply and assistance can be found on our building regulations page and exemptions page or by contacting one of the officers for your area.
Building Control application forms are available on our applications page.
Competent person schemes (CPS) were introduced by the Government to allow individuals and enterprises to self-certify that their work complies with the building regulationsas an alternative to submitting a building notice or using an approved inspector.
Information including existing Competent Person Schemes can be found on the GOV.UK website:
GOV.UK - Competent person schemes (external website)
Determinations and appeals are two procedures which provide for the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government or the Welsh Ministers in the Welsh Assembly Government, as appropriate, to adjudicate in disputes between people carrying out building work subject to the Building Regulations and a building control body (i.e. either a local authority or a private sector approved inspector).
Further information can be found via the planning portal:
Visit the Planning Portal (external website)