Building control administrative charges

Choosing a builder

If you are considering any work to your property and you require a builder, you should consider this choice very carefully. As this is a big investment, you should thoroughly check any builder out before employing their services.

Items to consider:

  • For large projects, consider employing a professional to advise you.
  • Discuss the extent of your arrangement with your professional
    • does it involve the preparation of plans only or is site supervision part of the package?
    • If you consider your job so small you don't require a professional, get advice from someone from the industry who you know and trust.
  • Always obtain quotations (at least three) and have them checked.
    • Don't automatically go for the cheapest quote.
      • Ask questions of the builder:
        • where have they worked before
        • how do they want to be paid: on completion or in stages
        • can they supply references from satisfied clients
        • are they happy to accept a retention clause
        • will they give you a final completion date
        • will they accept a penalty clause for failure to complete on time
        • will they agree to independent arbitration if you have any dispute
        • Reassure yourself by checking the builder's work, references and other aspects, such as work habits, with previous clients.
        • Finally, you should  wait for your Certificate of Completion from Building Control before completing your transactions with the builder.
        You don’t need to get building approval yourself for alterations and installations if you use someone registered with a competent person scheme.

        Building control


        Tel: 020 8313 4313

        Fax: 020 8313 4604

        Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH