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Approved Inspector insurance - what you need to know
LABC is aware of four private Approved Inspectors (AIs) whose professional indemnity insurance has expired meaning they cannot continue to lawfully operate. The largest of these is Aedis who have many thousands of customers. In some cases the Approved Inspector (and particularly Aedis) have tried to pass work in progress on to another private building inspector. This is illegal.
What to do if your Approved Inspector no longer has the insurance cover required to trade
The procedure is as follows:
- Either the AI or the person carrying out the works (the builder) must cancel the existing Initial Notice lodged with a local authority.
- If work has started on site, any work not covered by a lawfully issued Final Certificate must - by law - be passed back to your local council to ensure compliance with the Building Regulations. Only if work has not started then another AI can submit an Initial Notice for the work.
- You will have to complete a Reversion Application as agreed with your local council and fill in a copy of Form 7 under the Approved Inspector regulations which cancels the Initial Notice submitted by the AI. These should be available on your local council's website.
- When work is ‘reverted’ to a local LABC team in this way, you will need to provide them with as much information as possible to help them determine the work so far complies with the relevant regulations. All local authorities are obliged by law to levy a fee for work that is reverted to them but this fee will be individually assessed based on the size of the project and the amount of time needed to determine compliance with the Building Regulations. So any information you have about inspections undertaken so far, plus any building plans, structural calculations or photographs of the work in progress will be of great assistance and may help to limit LABC fees.
- The LABC team will then assess all of this and advise you of the next steps in the process and any applicable fees.
- If your LABC team cannot ascertain compliance with particular parts of the work they may have to ask for certain works to be uncovered for inspection. It is always LABC's aim to keep this to a minimum.
LABC understands there are a lot of people (including thousands of homeowners) now out of pocket and facing the prospect of having to open up works previously inspected by a private inspector.
Unfortunately it is a situation out of our control and we expect further cases of Approved Inspectors being denied renewed insurance. Dealing with reversions from Approved Inspectors is a statutory duty of local authorities – the Approved Inspector’s ability to trade and the issue of any previously paid fees is outside our remit or control.
Complaints related to the behaviour of any Approved Inspector should be directed to their designated body CICAIR Ltd (appointed for this purpose by the Secretary of State) in the first instance and to the Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) thereafter.
LABC is also disappointed there has been no comment made in public by CICAIR, ACAI or MHCLG about any of these issues despite LABC providing detailed examples of what was happening.
Public service building control teams are there to assist you through the process so that you can attain a Building Regulation Completion Certificate and have building works that comply with the requirements of the Building Regulations.
LABC South West Awards Winners & Highly Commended 2019
Winner: Dar Gwenen Brenton Road Downderry
Project Team: Doyle & Whitley Ltd, Harrison Sutton Architects, PCA Consulting Engineers
Highly Commended: Lower Creek Bank, Restronguet Point Feock
Project Team: Dudden Construction Ltd, CSA Architects, Nicholson Electrical, JHA Consulting, EDS Engineering & Development Solutions, Burncoose
Winner: The Dunes Ponsmere Road Perranporth
Project Team: AH Construction Solutions Ltd Stride, Treglown, Acorn Blue,
Winner: Chyryn Drive St Breward
Project Team: Galliford Try Partnerships, Mitchell Architects, Live West
Highly commended:Esplanade Fowey
Project Team: DRW Builders Ltd, Arco2 Architecture Ltd, Richard Jeffery
Highly commended: Enys Estate Enys Penryn
Project Team: 3MS Construction, Savills (UK) Ltd, Enys Estate Company Ltd
Highly commended: Tre Pol & Pen Penscombe Lezant
Project Team: Highfield Homes of Distinction Ltd, Trewin Design Architects, DJ Watkins Farming Enterprise
Highly commended: Carluddon Technology Park Carluddon St Austell
Project Team: Kiers Construction Western & Wales, Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole, Cornwall Council, Hydrock Consulting Engineers, Ward Williams
Cornwall Home and Lifestyle Show
4th and 5th May 2019
Another successful event for the Building Control Team. Our Team were on hand to assist with any Building Control advice.
Please come and visit us again on the 5th and 6th October 2019 at the Cornwall Home Improvement Self-Build Show
UKAS ISO 9001 Accreditation
Our Building Control service is celebrating the news, that following a significant amount of work they have recently been awarded UKAS ISO 9001 accreditation for their quality management system.
The accreditation forms part of a country wide initiative from LABC to drive forward standards within Local Authority Building Control nationally, and contribute to the ongoing transformation of the construction sector being demanded by the government.
To maintain the accreditation, the service is now committed to continuous improvement of standards in areas such as:
- Leadership and management of the team,
- Individual commitment of team members,
- Customer satisfaction and focus,
- Consistency of approach,
- Controls to ensure smooth running of processes and tasks,
- Appropriately structured training and
- Competencies and resource levels across the service.
Representatives from the team recently met with the Chief Executive Kate Kennally, to celebrate the achievement.
Cornwall Council Building Control and LABC ran their annual popular event at The Eden Project, on Wednesday 6th March 2019.
The event was designed to provide up to date information on building products and the latest technical information with access to trade stands.
Many thanks for all of those that attended which made the day an informative success.
The following feedback from some happy delegates was received:
'As per last year, this was an excellent and informative day. Myself and colleagues found it very useful. Thank you for inviting us'
'Very enjoyable and informative event'
'Very useful, will put it into practice!'
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Registered Construction Details
The LABC has launched a suite of 250 Registered Construction Details (RCDs) to help you combat the problem of cold bridging in construction that will minimise heat loss through the weak junction points in a building’s outer envelope.
We are focusing on providing our customers with excellent customer service. Our commitment is to make sure that your Building Control experience is stress free and undertaken in an efficient and reliable manner.
To help us to achieve this, we have now changed the notification period for booking site inspections. Instead of the “booking on the day” system, please contact us before 5pm on the day before you would like the inspection.
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Building Control app
You can now book your inspections through the LABC App. Simply visit Apple App Store or Google Play Store to download the free app.
You will only need to fill in your details on the app once. You can then use the boxes provided to let us know where and when you would like an inspection.
The app also has a link to call us directly.
For more information visit www.labc.co.uk/app
Building Control provide training regularly across Cornwall. These include updates on changes to the Building Regulations. If you would like bespoke training on the Building Regulations or relevant topics please contact us to discuss your requirements.