Works already carried out?
Where works have already been carried out, the owner of the property may be able to make an Application for a Regularisation Certificate.
From the 1st October 1994, the Building Regulations were revised to allow for the regularisation of building work. The completed works will however need to have been undertaken since 11th November 1985. The work may have been done by you or a previous owner. Our guide [659kb] helps to explain this process.
What happens if I do work without approval?
WBC Building Control has to ensure that building work complies with the regulations. If the work does not comply, you may be asked to alter or remove it. If you fail to do this, the Council may serve a notice under Section 36 of the Building Act 1984 requiring you to do so. The Council also provides information about Building Control applications to people undertaking Land Search enquiries. Therefore any work carried out without the benefit of Building Control approval, usually evidenced by a Building Regulations Completion Certificate, is very likely to prevent the sale of the property.
Why don't I just do the work without telling you, and then apply for a Regularisation Certificate if I get found out?
This is because -
- It is illegal to do so and the Council might decide to take enforcement action.
- It is more difficult, inconvenient and expensive to correct any faults when the work is completed and in use.
- A delay on selling your house will likely ensue.
- Even if the work complies, you will nearly always need to damage some of it to open up elements for inspection.