The Inspection Process
This facility uses a Partnered Approved Inspector combining the statutory Building Control function with the Warranty Audit to review the build as it progresses.
The Approved Inspector who, from the start of your project will undertake the Building Control function on your behalf will communicate and work with you, serving the Initial Notice to your Local Authority Building Control Department through to the auditing process and conclusion of your build.
If your build has already started and you are using one of our Partnered Approved Inspectors as your Building Control Body, we can still progress and start the Warranty Audits.
If the build has completed and you are looking to take out a Warranty, then we can utilise the Partnered Approved Inspector and undertake a Completed Housing survey.
The process varies from project to project but firstly a Plan Check is undertaken and once the build starts, a number of site visits are undertaken at the key stages detailed below.
Depending on the type, size and stage of your build the Approved Inspector will conduct a number of Key Stage Inspections and/or general inspections throughout the construction phase. Please note that not all stages detailed below will require a visit as this is very much dependent on the type of project/build.
In relation to visits, where the project has not yet started, there are typically four key stage inspections to complete on a new build project and these are detailed below. Additional visits may be included due to the size, type, stage and programming of your project.
Normally you will be advised what inspections will be required for your project by the Approved Inspector who may provide you with a visit plan.
Please bear in mind that the AI/Surveyor will no doubt have busy diaries and will require reasonable notice to attend site (this could be up to five working days).
If as a result of a failed visit or at a requested visit, the project is not ready for inspection, the Approved Inspector may charge you for the wasted visit.
It is crucial that all Inspections are conducted at the correct time and it is YOUR responsibility to arrange for these visits to be undertaken at the correct time.
If stages are missed then this may have implications for the Approved Inspections and the Warranty provider. You may be asked at your own expense to open up completed works to show any missing elements. The Warranty provider may elect to exclude certain elements of the build from the Warranty or even decline to offer cover at all.