Building Control & Structural Engineering

Most Building Control Applications are accompanied by Structural engineers details and calculations:

The ‘Building Control Application’: this element is the part that covers all of the construction drawings and will most often require structural engineering details and calculations to be sent in with the application.

These drawings will be used to a) allow the local building control team to validate all of the application, sometimes requiring amendments to the drawings before signing off ‘approved’: and b) for the builder to quote by, and refer to when construction commences.

For smaller projects (some pre-packed conservatories, some garages, and porches etc) a fast track building control system is available: the builder can apply for a ‘Building Notice’, also known as a ’48 Hour Builders Notice’. This notice might simply require the planning application plans to be handed in ‘with the Notice’ to the building control planners or, on certain builds, the building control officers will request some extra structural information to accompany the Notice.


Building detail for No:5 Hainault Grove, Chigwell (top right); this semi detached bungalow was remodeled to include a large conservatory/kitchen extension and extensive changes to the interior layout.

3 The Rise, Snaresbrook, London (mid right); conversion of offices to three apartments: planning and building control applications to London Borough of Redbridge

Please see Successful Applications for a full list of recent and ongoing applications

Extension to the Ray Lodge Primary School, Woodford Green, London (bottom right): building control application to London Borough of Redbridge

Building Control often follows on from a successful planning application; sometimes, planning may be bypassed by a process called permitted development