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What is building control?

Building control ensures a development is built to the correct standards to ensure it is safe, energy efficient and meets the requirements of disabled people.

Whether or not Planning Permission is required, most work has to comply with national building regulations .

Examples of factors building control monitors for approval are:

  • Structural stability
  • Means of escape in case of fire
  • Resistance to moisture and drainage
  • Stairways and access for disabled persons

Unlike the planning department, our building control team does cover developments within the Lake District National Park boundary.

How do we ensure the building regulations are complied with?

When you start a building project, you can:

Help with the building regulations

We are here to help you comply with the building regulations. If you need advice, contact our building control team by phone: 01900 702 520, text: 07860 017 719 or email: building.control@allerdale.gov.uk.

Steps to apply for building control compliance:

Step 1: Check if you need it

Step 2: If you do, apply online (you can do this if you have started or even finished the work on your property)

Step 3: Book an inspection

Step 4: Check it is all registered with us upon completion

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