Latest building control news

Office Move

The Building Control Team have moved from Weeley to: 
Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton, Essex, CO15 1SE

Legislative and operational changes


New fees will come into force as of 1 April 2022. These will be bespoke, specific and directly relevant to the actual works being carried out.
To discuss fees after this date you will need the contact the Building Control Administration Team on 01255 686111 or email

Regulations and requirements

New regulation and guidance will come into force in June 2022.  These changes relate to the following:

  • Part F - Ventilation – Dwellings
  • Part L - Conservation of fuel and power - Dwellings
  • Part O - Overheating
  • Part S - Infrastructure for the charging of electrical vehicles

Approved Documents

The Department for Communities and Local Government publishes guidance called ‘Approved Documents’ on ways to meet building regulations. The Approved Documents may be downloaded for free from the Government’s website e.g. Approved Documents - GOV.UK (

The Approved Documents contain:

  • General guidance on the performance expected of materials and building work in order to comply with the building regulations
  • Practical examples and solutions on how to achieve compliance for some of the more common building situations.

The new approved documents will come into force on 15 June 2022.

Part F, Part L, Part O and Part S.

The Building Control Team will be arranging a series of updates to assist with the preparation for these changes and f you would like to receive news of the changes or attend face to face seminars please email

Approved Inspectors - CICAIR News

(The Building (Approved Inspectors etc.) Regulations 2010.)

Building Control Approval Ltd - In accordance with regulation 6(2) of the Building (Approved Inspectors etc.) Regulations 2010, on 11 January 2022, CICAIR notified Building Control Approval Ltd (BCA) of its decision to withdraw BCA’s Approval Notice (licence), with this withdrawal to be effective from 11 April 2022. CICAIR made this decision following an unsuccessful re-approval audit of BCA. To facilitate an orderly wind down and transfer process, BCA will remain licensed until 11 April 2022.

During this period, BCA will be able to undertake the functions of an Approved Inspector so that it can bring its current projects to a satisfactory resolution, either by completing the project, transferring it to another Approved Inspector, or a local authority. CICAIR understands that BCA is already working with clients directly to discuss individual projects and appropriate next steps.

The withdrawal of an Approved Inspector’s Notice of Approval (licence) is not a decision taken lightly by CICAIR and it is indeed something that happens rarely. Such a decision is made in full consideration of CICAIR’s obligation, as a public interest regulator, to uphold the standards that underpin the Approved Inspectors Register. This is also paramount to ensure public trust and confidence is maintained both in respect of CICAIR (in exercising its regulatory functions) and in respect of the wider profession.

Last updated on: 18/02/2022 - 09:10