Got a problem? These guides might help

We have produced some informative guides to assist you in various aspects of building works. Why not bookmark this page and come back as we are always adding to them?

Can I have a copy of the plans
Need a copy of some plans relating to an application? This guide will explain how to do so.

Colour and Contrast Guide
This guide will help compliance with Approved Document M.

Completion Certificates Guide
This guide has been prepared to remove some confusion that surrounds completion certificates.

Demolition Guide
Under Section 80 of the above Act any person who intends to carry out the demolition of a building must inform the Local Authority in writing; this guide will explain how to do so.

Disabled Access Advice
The Council is keen to promote good access to buildings, goods and services throughout the District for the benefit of disabled people, this guide will give you advice on how you can apply this to your work.

Domestic Foundation Guide
This guidance is for the benefit of householders intending to have a domestic extension built to their house, or a detached outbuilding in their garden.

Electrical Installation Guide
This guide is for homeowners, designers and builders giving advice on Approved Document P.

Exempt Buildings Guide
Not sure if you need to make a Building Control Application to us? This guide will give you the answer.

Fitting solar panels onto existing roofs
A guide on fitting solar panels and how it affects the Building Regulations.

Flat roof Guide
This guide will explain the do's and don’ts for a flat roof.

Garage conversion
Thinking of having a Garage Conversion? This guide will give you a few useful tips.

Garden Wall Guide
Advice on garden walls and what to check.

Getting your plans right first time
When you submit plans and applications, for Building Regulation consent, it is important that the information we receive is in sufficient detail, this guide will explain.

Hiring a builder
If you are considering any work to your property, and you require a builder, you should consider this choice very carefully, we have produced this guide to give you some helpful tips when making this decision.

How to protect your home
Security of your home is vital; we have created this guide to give you some advice on how to protect your home. 

Loft conversion Guide
Thinking of having a Loft Conversion? This guide will give you a few useful tips.

Pressure testing on new buildings Guide
Since the introduction of Approved Documents L1A and L2A there has been a requirement for Air Tightness testing to be carried out on a majority of both domestic and non-domestic new buildings and large extensions, this guide will explain the details.

Removing a Chimney Guide
A guide to what you need to know when removing a chimney.

Recovering, roofs, walls and floors guide
This guide includes useful advice from our Building Control Team.

Saving energy and water Guide
With the cost of heating and running your home rising rapidly it could be time to consider reducing the amount of energy you use, lower your bills and help reduce carbon emissions! Here is a guide to help you do so.

Sewer connection Guide
This guidance note provides information to householders on the notification needed to be given to the Building Control Service when undertaking building work consisting of new sewer connections.

Soakaway design guide
Soakaways are a traditional way of disposing of surface water from buildings remote from a suitable public sewer or watercourse, this guide contains technical advice that we hope will help.  

Tile and slate guide
This list has been compiled to help professionals specify the correct tiles for specific pitches of roof from major manufacturers.

Window and Door Guide
From the 1st April 2002 however, all owners replacing windows have needed to make an application, and the new windows themselves will have to fully meet the requirements of the Building Regulations. So even if you are replacing only one window with one brought from a local DIY centre you still need to follow this guidance.



Last updated on: 08/01/2016 - 10:48