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Approved Inspector Building Regulations
Fire Risk Assessment

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Before you complain 
Important Information

What is Building Control?

Building Regulations are minimum standards set by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) that cover the design and construction of buildings. They are also concerned with the health and safety of building users, energy and water efficiency, and access and facilities for people with disabilities.

With all building work, the owner and occupier of the property or land in question is ultimately responsible for complying with the relevant planning rules and building regulations. The role of checking that Building Regulations are, as far as can reasonably be determined, being complied with falls to a Building Control Body – either an Approved Inspector or a Local Authority. The person carrying out the work has the choice of which Building Control Body to use.

Approved Inspectors are persons authorised under the Building Act 1984 to carry out building control work in England and Wales. Approved Inspectors are required to adhere to the Construction Industry Council Approved Inspectors Register (CICAIR) Code of Conduct for Approved Inspectors and follow the Building Control Performance Standards in their working practices.

The role of building control is to act as an independent third party check and Approved Inspectors are required to take such steps as are reasonable to enable the Approved Inspector to be satisfied, within the limits of professional skill and care, that the applicable aspects of the Building Regulations are complied with.

A number of inspections are usually carried out during the building work. These are usually, but not necessarily, at specific stages, such as foundations, damp proofing and on completion. These inspections are carried out to check, but not to guarantee, that the work complies with the Building Regulations.

It is not the role of building control to:

  • Provide quality control of the Works.

  • Provide a ‘clerk of works’ service monitoring every stage of the construction process.

  • Provide a service to address issues such as the finish and aesthetics of the Works where these are not Building Regulation matters.

  • Provide a service to offer contractual protection between the person carrying out the work and the parties engaged in the design and/or construction of such work.

  • Provide a guarantee of compliance with the Building Regulations. The appointment of a Building Control Body does not remove the obligation of the person carrying out the work to achieve compliance.  

Hopefully you will be completely satisfied with our services but occasionally despite our best efforts things do go wrong. We will endeavour to sort those problems out without the need for a formal complaint, and in a collaborative non confrontational way. However, if you still wish to complain please complete the following
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Anyone seeking to lodge a complaint with CICAIR against an Approved Inspector is required, in the first instance, to exhaust the Approved Inspector’s internal complaints procedure before raising the matter with CICAIR. CICAIR are unable to engage in correspondence on the specifics of any complaint until the conclusion of the investigation by the Approved Inspector.

Before lodging a complaint, please note that:

  • The CICAIR complaints process does not provide for financial penalties against Approved Inspectors or the awarding of costs or financial redress to complainants.
  • CICAIR will only consider complaints against an alleged breach of the Code of Conduct for Approved Inspectors. For a complaint to be upheld it must be demonstrated that a breach of the relevant Code of Conduct for Approved Inspectors has taken place. 
  • CICAIR cannot consider complaints based on a Building Regulation technical assessment, a misunderstanding or dissatisfaction with the minimum standard set by the Building Regulations or on criticisms of the quality of workmanship. 
  • The date that a complaint is accepted and that CICAIR begins an investigation is the date on which CICAIR is satisfied that the acceptance conditions outlined below have been met and is not necessarily the date that the complaint was lodged. Once a complaint has been accepted, CICAIR will send the complaint form and the supporting evidence in its entirety to the Approved Inspector for a formal response.
  • The time limit for lodging a complaint with CICAIR is a maximum of six years for clients under contract and 10 years for users of buildings.