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Site inspections


The Building Control Services at South Bucks District Council and Chiltern District Council are working as a joint team based at the South Bucks office.
** 01895 837296 **


When you have submitted an application and you are ready to start work, you must notify us at various stages of the work. This will depend on what work is being carried out. If you are unsure about which stages are relevant, please feel free to contact us. 

We are here to help so if you are in any doubt over Building Regulation requirements or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Throughout your building project, the local authority may need to inspect your site at the following stages:

  • When you start work
  • Foundation excavations - to assess ground conditions, required depths, the thickness of your concrete
  • Damp proof course/Damp proof membrane - this includes any brickwork below ground level, floor insulation and preparation for your ground floor
  • Drains - before drains are covered over
  • External wall - to ensure proper construction and placing of insulation
  • Completed roof structure, before removal of scaffolding and placing of insulation
  • Before plastering
  • At completion


An Inspection Service Plan will be provided to you with your application acknowledgment letter and it will help you to identify the stages that the we will need to inspect.

You may arrange site visits by telephone on 01895 837296 or email at or . If you request a visit before 10:00am, we will call to see your building work the same day. Alternatively, you can use the online form.

It is essential that the Commencement and Completion Notice are given. You are recommended to take a personal involvement in the work by arranging to meet the builder and Building Control Surveyor together on site so that any Building Regulation problems can be resolved before the builder leaves the site.

The purpose of these inspections is to establish that work complies with the Regulations, particularly work which is quickly covered up. Hence the need to give prior notice for inspection.

When the work is completed, please ensure that you notify the Building Control Surveyor, who will then arrange a final inspection of the work and issue a Completion Certificate. We recommend that any final payments to builders only be made after the Building Control Surveyor has carried out a satisfactory completion inspection.

Please note that Planning Permission may be required before work can start on site. Please check with our planning colleagues for help and advice on whether your proposals require consent.

Completion Certificates
When you have finished the building work, a completion certificate will be issued to the applicant free of charge. This certificate is required by solicitors as part of the house sale process to prove that the work complies with the Building Regulations. It will be needed if you sell your property in the future. We would recommend this certificate is kept safe, possibly with the deeds of your property as future copies may not be obtainable.