Morgan Sloane

Building surveys and planning applications

We offer a range of building surveying services

We work with a network of experienced building surveyors that can help you to navigate the planning application process. These services include:

Building survey

These are comprehensive reports undertaken on all types of properties and buildings. An inspection considers the property's exterior, including the immediate grounds, together with the internal elements, where they're accessible. The building survey report provides details of major and minor defects, together with their implications. This may include dampness, wood with beetle infestation or structural issues. It is often the case that further investigations are required so that you understand the implications of these defects.

Party Wall etc. Act 1996

Since the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 came into force, homeowners in England and Wales have had a procedure to follow when building work involves a party wall or party fence wall, excavations close to neighbouring buildings, and new walls at boundaries. 

Details of the Party Wall etc. Act include:
 
  • The Act permits owners to carry out certain specific works, including work to the full thickness of a party wall while protecting the interests of anyone else who might be affected by the work.
  • The Act is designed to avoid or minimise disputes by making sure property owners notify their neighbours in advance of certain proposed works. 
  • The Act requires that where the adjoining owner does not ‘agree’ in writing to the works, a building surveyor will determine the time and way in which those works are carried out.
If you are intending to carry out works to a party wall, or have received a notification from a neighbour that they are planning these works, please contact us for more information.
 

Building Regulation application compliance

If you do not follow the building control procedures set out for handling your building work, or you carry out building work which does not comply with the requirements contained in the Building Regulations, you will have contravened them. The local authority has a duty to enforce the Building Regulations in its area and will seek to do so by informal means wherever possible.

If a person carrying out building work contravenes the Building Regulations, the local authority or another person may decide to take them to the Magistrates' Court where they could be fined up to £5,000 for the contravention, and up to £50 for each day the contravention continues after conviction (section 35 of the Building Act 1984). Alternatively, or in addition, the local authority may serve an Enforcement Notice on the owner requiring the work that contravenes the regulations to be altered or removed. If the owner does not comply, the local authority has the power to undertake the work itself and recover the costs of doing so from the owner.

Impact on Selling the Property
Notwithstanding the possibility of enforcement action, keep in mind that if the local authority considers the building work carried out does not comply with Building Regulations and it is not rectified, the authority will not issue you with a Completion Certificate and the contravention may come to light through a local land search enquiry when you try to sell your property.

To ensure that your proposed work complies with all relevant legislation, please contact us to book an appointment with a building surveyor.

Contract administration

Contract administration begins when the building contractor is formally engaged to deliver the project and associated works. The contract administration phase covers all construction and subcontracting, as well as procurement and installation of engineering services, commissioning, handover, and defects rectification works. It extends to the final financial close of the project.

Contract administration is undertaken during the construction and delivery phase of a project, and the contract is managed by/on behalf of the Principal to the contract. The Principal is the entity entering into the contract with the building contractor. The purpose of this is to:

  • Manage the delivery of a capital project and associated work in accordance with the executed contract documents.
  • Ensure the contractor fulfils its responsibilities, duties and outcomes in accordance with documented requirements, the contract itself, and statutory requirements.
  • Ensure that the building contractor is properly paid for works suitably carried out.

Contact us to book your building survey.