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APPROVED INSPECTOR

Building Regulations in England and Wales are set by Communities and Local Government (CLG). These are standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the safety and health of the people who use those buildings. The standards also include requirements to ensure energy efficiency and accessibility.


Traditionally, only inspectors from the local authority were authorised to undertake building control.  But the Building Act 1984 opened up the market, allowing qualified companies in the private sector to fulfil this role in England and Wales. Wilkinson Construction Consultants are one of these companies known as Approved Inspectors and licensed by the Construction Industry Council (licence number 153).


Once appointed, we will work with you help you ensure that the building work complies with Building Regulations throughout the process. 

The procedure requires that you and the Approved Inspector jointly to notify your local authority of your intended building work on what is called an 'Initial Notice'. Once this notice has been accepted by the local authority the responsibility for plan checking and site inspection will be formally placed on the Approved Inspector.

We will then

  • Advise you on how the Building Regulations apply to your work
  • Check your plans
  • Issue a plans certificate (if requested)
  • Inspect the work as it progresses
  • Issue a final certificate

For a quote please download our enquiry form by clicking here or for our Brochure click here


WHY CHOOSE US?

Solving your problems, and saving money


  • We work with clients, design teams and contractors from a very early stage to help identify and avoid Building Regulations problems - saving time and money from the start.
  • Our fees are typically less than 1% of the project value, yet we have helped clients to identify both under and over provision saving time, money and aggravation - worth many times the cost of our service.

Working with you, not against you


  • We are commercially aware (after all, we are running a business ourselves), and believe effective building control is all about finding solutions not problems.
  • By involving us at an early stage, we are often able to contribute innovative technical solutions to problems, such as use of alternate guides including BS 9999.
  • We follow the substantive requirements of the Regulations rather than taking a prescriptive approach allowing you flexibility to be creative to meet your development objectives yet still help you to achieve regulatory compliance.
  • We understand innovation.  As the architect and creator of a new and ingenious off-site manufacturing system told Building magazine recently: "I had ridiculous conversations about whether the buildings would collapse. We don't go to local authority building inspectors any more. We use a specialist Approved Inspector who understands what we're doing."

A consistent service, wherever you work 


  • We are able to work with everyone, from domestic clients right through to the largest construction and infrastructure projects.
  • We operate throughout London and the South East that means we offer real consistency of advice that doesn't change over borough or county borders.

A qualified team whose performance is monitored and regulated


  • Unlike Local Authority Building Control we are regulated and monitored by the Construction Industry Council and have had to prove we are competent before we were licensed to operate.

  • Our staff do at least 30 hours' CPD every year to ensure we are completely up to date and you get a professional adviser with specialist expertise and proven ability.


Targeted resources


  • Wilkinson Construction Consultants follow a risk-based approach to building control inspection based on the Green Street Berman model. As a result you will receive a tailor-made inspection regime. We check the things we know need to be checked, based on a much closer understanding of the project than you'd traditionally get.