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Building Control

The Buiding Control Office  - is a company governed by private law that is entitled under contract to assist either the architect or the client in a construction project. The Building Control Officer can intervene as an advisor in the development stages at the beginning of a project. However more commonly he is responsible for the inspection and approval of the validity of the project, the choice of solutions proposed and the monitoring of the site works. He inspects the building site before and during the project ensuring the building regulations are followed in force. 
By intervening in a project the building control officer commits his expertise and is responsible in the same way as the architect.
How to choose a good building control office?

When choosing a building control office, it is advisable to check the legal structure of the company, how long they have been in existence, their previous experience, qualifications and accreditations. It is also possible to ask the advice of solicitors or local planning offices who may have a list of building control officers they regularly work with. It is compulsory that the buliding control officer is unaffiliated, either professionally or personnally,  to the contractor or any other consultant and so can be deemed totally independent of any operations taking place on site.

The areas of expertise of the building inspector are:
- the structure : checking the plans and the calculations of the architect.
- the electricity
- the plumbing and the ventilation
- fire safety
- for private individuals, he is essentially concerned with the structure and the disabled access.

When do you have to have building control ?

  • Public buidlings
  • Tall buildings
  • Buidlings with a particular structure, of particular importance or in certain locations
  • Some buildings in earthquate areas
  • Wind turbines with masts over a certain height

Insurance companies often require a final building control report outside of what is strictly obligatory, so that controllers typically operate as technical advisers on constrcution operations of all types.

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