Choosing a builder
Choosing your builder is probably the most important decision you will make when you are carrying out building work.
One of the best ways to choose a builder is to get a recommendation from someone you trust. There is also the website Trustmark, which is supported by the Government.
We recommend that you thoroughly check out any builder before employing them.
- Replacing windows and doorsBuilding regulations apply when replacing windows and doors in an existing building. If the company you are using is FENSA Registered you do not need to submit a Building Regulation application, as the installers ‘self-certify’ the work and issue a Completion Certificate.
- Public sewersThe consent of Severn Trent Water needs to be obtained if you are proposing to build over or close to a public sewer. Information on the position of public sewers is available from them.
- Private sewersYou will need to check your deeds for any restrictions that may apply to building over common drains or private sewers.
- BoundariesThe Government explains how to prevent and resolve disputes in relation to property boundaries and excavations near neighbouring buildings.
- TreesCare should be taken when working close to trees to protect them and to ensure that action is taken to protect old and new foundations of nearby buildings.
- Garden wallsBuilding Regulations do not apply to freestanding garden walls. However, if a retaining wall is within four metres (12ft) of the highway and higher than 1.37 metres (4ft 6in) then details need to be approved by the Planning and Highways departments.