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Last Call on Part L 2010

Posted by Geoff Wilkinson on March 2, 2015 at 4:40 AM

This is a last reminder to Clients who appointed us ahead of the implementation of Part L 2013 that the deadline for commencement of works  is almost upon us.

There is just over 1 month remaining to meet the transitional provisions put in place under Part L for applications deposited prior to 6 April 2014 that requires work to commence on site before 6 April 2015.


In order to qualify as 'commencement of work' we will need to have undertaken an inspection of


  • excavation for strip or trench foundations or for pad footings
  • digging out and preparation of ground for raft foundations
  • vibrofloatation (stone columns) piling, boring for piles or pile driving
  • drainage work specific to the building(s) concerned


DCLG have stated that we cannot accept the following as the commencement of work

  • removal of vegetation, top soil or removal/treatment of contaminated soil
  • demolition of any previous buildings on the site
  • excavation of trial holes
  • dynamic compaction
  • general site servicing works (e.g. roadways).


If the application relates to multiple buildings it is only necessary to commence work on the first of the buildings within the application to take advantage of the transitional provisions, not each individual building.

If you are unable to commence works by this date then it will be necessary to revise the thermal design (SAP/SBEM) in order to comply with the higher 2013 standards.

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