The official transitional period for updates to Approved Documents Parts F (ventilation), L (energy), O (overheating) and S (EV charging points) begins on Wednesday 15th June 2022 in England.
While initial notices for building control must be submitted by this date for transitional arrangement to apply, AI building control providers such as Premier Guarantee require five days’ notice to ensure applications are lodged officially with the local authority.
It is normal for building regulation changes to be introduced through a transitional period, during which time and assuming qualifying criteria are met, the existing regulations remain in force. Yet for three of the four areas of regulation being introduced this year, the qualifying criteria will differ slightly.
For all four areas of regulation, transitional arrangements will apply when the appropriate building notice, full plans application or initial notice has been submitted by Wednesday 15th June 2022 and work has commenced by Thursday 15th June 2023.
For Parts F, L and O, the qualifying criteria of “work commenced” will apply on an individual plot/single block basis.
For Part S, the qualifying criteria of “work commenced” will be applied on a whole development basis.
The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) in its circular letter to local planning authorities of December 15th 2021 repeated its definition as to when work has commenced on a plot or site.
The commencement of work would “usually be marked by work” such as:
DLUHC went on to list the following work areas that “would not be likely to constitute” the commencement of work:
Where a Premier Guarantee warranty product is provided, these additional details should be satisfied.
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We anticipate many developers will work towards the June 2022 transitional deadline date to mitigate potentially complex scenarios of different building regulations applying to individual homes or buildings in the same development.
If you need any further information or clarification please use this enquiry form or you can discuss your plans with your Premier Guarantee Building Control Surveyor or your Account Manager.
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