Statutory compliance

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Statutory compliance

Our team will help you to ensure compliance with the following regulations which must be satisfied in order to complete a successful project. We act for developers, landlords, homeowners and tenants.

The control of asbestos regulations ensures that occupants or those who manage/occupy non-residential property have identified and implemented a plan to manage asbestos containing materials. These plans should be made available to all those who need to work on buildings. There are two types of survey:

  • Management survey - which involves visual identification backed up with testing, where necessary, to identify the location of asbestos as far as possible, with a plan of how any asbestos found will be managed. Not all asbestos has to be removed, this depends on the type, condition and location of the asbestos in question. All properties should have these surveys by now and therefore these should be identified at pre-acquisition stage and kept up to date in the general building manual or health and safety file.
  • Refurbishment survey - a more destructive survey that looks within structures which are to be removed or refurbished. These surveys should be carried out as part of the Construction Design and Management Regulations and it is the client’s duty to provide pre-construction information to contractors.
We do not carry out these specialist surveys in-house, although we can arrange for these to be undertaken on behalf of clients.

The Building Regulations ensure that a minimum level of amenity and health & safety are provided when buildings are erected and refurbished. The Regulations should be considered before starting a project and cover issues such as structure, fire, damp, ventilation, heat appliances, sound, reduction of heat loss, disability issues, hygiene, stairs, glazing and electrical safety. Two types of application can be submitted to either the ‘Local Authority’ or a private ‘Approved Inspector’.

  • Full Plans Application- these need to be submitted at least 8 weeks before starting and will include all the details of the project. Formal approval is needed before commencement.
  • Building Notice- a building notice can be submitted a few days before beginning a project; however, the building inspector can ask for further details during site visits and it assumes that the work you are doing will comply with the regulations in the first place. This should be reserved for simple schemes only on residential properties.

The Fire Safety Order places responsibility on organisations to identify fire risks and manage them in an appropriate manner. This involves assessing the current arrangements, personal and existing fire provisions.


The Disability Discrimination Act ensures that service providers make reasonable adjustments to their premises so as not to discriminate against disabled people (employees and visitors). The Act should be considered at pre-acquisition stage and throughout the occupation of a building.

Whilst the Act does not define the do’s and don’ts, it would be expected that all efforts are made to accommodate disabled people, relative to the cost, location, type of organisation etc The final decision as to what is ‘reasonable’ would be decided by a court.

  • Pre-acquisition - greater onus would be placed on an organisation that did not consider this at the pre-acquisition stage. Access ramps, wc facilities and, internal colours all should all be considered. This is often incorporated into a pre-acquisition survey and due-diligence checks.
  •  In occupation- if you already in occupation, an access audit is often the best way of assessing the current facilities and to provide a management plan demonstrating compliance.

Contact us to discuss your requirements and we will provide you with a no obligation fee quote for your further consideration.

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Contact one of our team for further information on building surveying services:

01530 410825

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Richard Benson

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