Building Control Performance Standards Revised


01 April 2017

The Building Control Performance Standard are a set of performance standards for all building control bodies, both local authorities and Approved Inspectors, to help them deliver a comprehensive and consistent service in carrying out their statutory building control functions.

The standards have now been revised with new content under Standard 6: Site Inspections with an additional requirement for Building Control Bodies to include, as a minimum, certain information in their site inspection records.

Certain information must now be contained in site inspection records.

Standard 7 which covers communications and records has two additional requirements:


  • for Building Control Bodies to provide site inspection records to the building owner, on request, for all building work that has been issued with a final/completion certificate or where an initial notice has been cancelled. Building Control Bodies may charge for this on a cost-recovery basis.
  • for Building Control Bodies, where the client is not the building owner, to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the building owner is aware of whether the local authority or an Approved Inspector is carrying out the Building Control function for the building work to their property.

“The revised Building Control Performance Standards 6 and 7 come into force on 1 April 2017 in respect of building work where an initial notice, building notice or full plans application has been given on or after 1 April 2017.”

Additional guidance on how the new requirements might be achieved is also included in the revised Standards.

A copy of the revised Standards can be found here.