Building Control What is an Approved Inspector?

Approved Inspectors provide a cost-effective and client-friendly alternative to local authority building control.

Approved Inspectors are professional and specialist advisers. They guide clients through the maze of Building Regulations.

Once appointed, it is an Approved Inspector’s responsibility to take reasonable steps to satisfy him/herself that the building work complies with Building Regulations throughout the process.

When you use an Approved Inspector, he or she will take on responsibility for plan checking and inspection of your building work.

The procedure requires 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 your local authority the responsibility for plan checking and site inspection will be formally placed on the Approved Inspector.


An Approved Inspector will:

  • 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.

The approval process for certifying Approved Inspectors is rigorous, ensuring the highest standards are maintained.


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