Building control is responsible for administering the building regulations in the borough and operates within the development and environment team in the chief executive's department.
The main aim of the building control section is to protect the public through the use of the provisions of many pieces of national legislation, including the Building Control Act, the Building Regulations, the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, and the Local Government Acts.
The building control manager heads a five-strong team whose prime responsibilities are to:
- Consider building regulations applications in the Borough to check proposed building work complies with the regulations;
- Conduct on-site inspections;
- Monitor building process;
- Provide pre-submission and on-site technical advice and guidance to architects, developers and private individuals.
Other areas of responsibility include:
- Identifying, investigating, seeking remedies and taking action where necessary in matters of dilapidated or unsightly properties, overgrown gardens and other dereliction;
- Taking action to remove structural danger from properties that have become dangerous as a result of trauma - most often fire or explosion – and ensuring such properties do not constitute a risk to public safety;
- Making recommendations for and providing Manx translations of new street names, and assigning house numbers to properties on new developments. (Members of the public are invited to report missing street name plaques to building control);
- Examining planning applications to ensure they comply with the Council’s town planning policies, submitting views to the planning authorities, and attending planning appeal hearings;
- Receiving and recording new building regulation applications;
- Where necessary attending court in relation to breaches of building regulations;
- Replying to advocates’ property search enquiries;
- Preparing and issuing computerised sewer connection invoices.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I apply for building regulations approval?
The approval form can be found to the right of this page. Before any building work is carried out, plans and details have to be submitted to the building authority for consideration under the building regulations. Having carefully checked the submitted details, the building control officers approve or reject the application. Approval has to be given by the authority before building work starts. Please contact the building control office for more information.
Building control told me I needed to submit a ‘Building Regulations application’. What does this involve?
The regulations consider the following to be building works:
- The erection or extension of a building;
- The provision or extension of a controlled service or fitting in or in connection with a building;
- The material alteration of a building, or a controlled service or fitting;
- Work relating to a material change of use;
- The insertion of insulating material into the cavity wall of a building;
- Work involving the underpinning of a building.
What will I need to include in my submission?
The submission should contain the following:
- A completed application form (if required);
- Two copies of the detailed drawings of the proposed building work. The plans should be drawn to a scale of not less than 1:100;
- Three copies of detailed drawings are required when work is to be carried out on premises which are to be put to a designated use under the Fire Precautions Act 1975, for example, offices, shops, factories and hotels;
- Two copies of a site or location plan drawn to a scale of not less than 1:1250 that shows the proposals and the site boundaries;
- The relevant fee (cheque should be made payable to Douglas Borough Council).
Address: Building Control, Douglas Town Hall, Ridgeway Street, Douglas. IM99 1AD.