Our Procedure - Six Steps to Compliance
Step 1 - Preliminary Advice
RBC is always keen to be involved as early as possible in the design process. Whether it’s the concept design stage, during the tender preparation or immediately after contract award, RBC will provide concise and effective advice. At these early stages, we prioritise issues that could prove problematic later on and cause additional expense. Consequently the project risk is significantly reduced and, once the project starts, progress can be accelerated.
Step 2 - The Application & Initial Notice
When you submit the formal application to RBC, this will be via the Application Pack. Applications can be made electronically or via hard copy. RBC will then complete the Initial Notice and submit it to the relevant local authority. This must be done five days or more before construction starts and is the only involvement that the local authority need have.
Step 3 - Plans Appraisal
Our team will conduct a detailed plan appraisal to ensure that Building Regulation requirements and other legislation are met. Once all relevant information has been received and approved, a Plans Approval Certificate can be issued upon request.
We employ a proactive approach to discuss any contraventions to Regulations with the design team. RBC recognises it is the principle of the regulations that should be met and not necessarily the detailed guidance and will act in a negotiating role between the client’s needs and the requirements of the Regulations.
Step 4 - Consultations
RBC will consider the fire safety proposals and consult with the relevant Fire Authority. Any comments resulting from the consultation will be conveyed to the client and design team. The consultation process usually takes around three weeks but on larger schemes RBC will start informal communication prior to the formal application. RBC will also undertake any other necessary statutory consultations.
Step 5 - Site Inspections
Site inspections are carried out at agreed intervals to ensure that construction meets the agreed design and Building Regulations. We aim to use a single surveyor to create a sound working relationship and build trust and understanding with site personnel that allows a more efficient service.
After each inspection a written report is issued which indicates the site status, identifies what has been inspected, and highlights any queries. It is designed to ensure that all parties are clearly informed during the construction phase and gives an early warning of non-compliance so that action can be taken.
Step 6 - Final Certificate
Upon satisfactory completion of building works, a Final Certificate will be issued. This certificate is copied to the client, the local authority and the fire authority.