Request a building control inspection

Building work must be inspected during its progress and sufficient notice must be given to enable the Building control section to arrange site visits. This applies to work sanctioned under both full plans, and building notice application procedures.

It is essential that commencement and final completion notices are given.

There are statutory inspections which must be made throughout the building work.

The overall purpose of site inspections is to ensure that the work taking place is in compliance with building regulations. It is also recommended that the builder and building control surveyor meet on site so that any building regulation problems can be resolved before the builder leaves the site.

Inspection of Building Work

Bolton Building Control will produce an Inspection Notification Plan for each individual project submitted to the Council and will provide this to the applicant at plan check stage or on commencement of the works.
Bolton Building Control will require notice to undertake the following inspections:

  • At the beginning of the work on site, including any site stripping and/or foundations excavations/preparation
  • Following the installation of any foundation concrete, damp proof courses/membranes and prior to any conditions beneath the site being covered over by concrete
  • Following the installation of, or alterations to, any structural elements and prior to covering up structural work (pre-plaster check)
  • Before the back-filling of any drainage installation, and the witnessing of any drains tests
  • Prior to occupation or at the time of completion.

Additional inspections considered to be of critical importance by the Building Control Officer following a risk assessment will also be carried out. These additional inspections are based on the following:

  • Structural elements and components, the failure of which would be significant
  • All works which constitute unusual designs or methods of working 
  • Work relating to fire safety 
  • Additional areas of work necessary for the subsequent issue of a completion certificate

Booking an inspection

To arrange an inspection call 01204 336033 between 9am and 5pm or book online  (you must have a valid building regulation application to book an inspection).

  • Inspections are usually made within 24 hours of the request
  • Inspections are usually made between 9am and 12 noon and 1.30pm and 4.30pm
  • Requests made before 10.30am are for inspections after 1.30pm that day
  • Requests made between 10.30am and 12 noon are for inspections the following morning
  • Requests made after 12 noon are for inspections the following day after 1.30pm

Bolton building control services provide:

  • A prompt response to inspection requests tailored to your requirements Site advice when problems arise
  • Our offices are located within easy reach of your project.  This ensures a prompt response to requests for inspections or other site visits. Surveyors are available throughout the working day to advise on any building control matters.

Records of each inspection are maintained, identifying the work inspected and any non-compliance.

Building Control Services

Town Hall

Victoria Square



Telephone 01204 336033
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