Local Government Reform and Building Control

From 1 April 2015 there will be 11 local councils in Northern Ireland rather the current 26 – cluster groups of existing councils are joining together under new names and Belfast City Council is getting a bit bigger by taking in parts of the existing Lisburn, Castlereagh and North Down councils.

This means there will be 11 Building Control Offices instead of 26.  However, the work of building control, enforcing the building regulations by assessing plans and carrying out inspections of construction works in progress, will continue to be carried out in the same way and by the same professional, customer-focused staff.


What if I have an existing building control application?

Your application file and all your records will be transferred to the new council – and so from 1 April 2015 the new council should be your point of contact about your application, to book inspections or request a completion inspection for example.  Also, if your works are already on site you may well still have the same surveyor, or your existing one will be able to advise you on who will be taking over in April.  You may also receive an informative letter from the new council.


What if I am going to carry out building works after 1 April 2015 and need to make a building control application?

You can make a building regulations application to your existing council now, but from 1 April 2015 you must make it to the new council for the area where the property is located.


Contacting Building Control

Building Control Contact numbers for some offices will be changing – we will update the contacts on this website as soon as we can – you can also check a council’s own website or phone the council itself.


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