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Coronavirus update

Our offices are closed, but we are working remotely with a limited service. You can email buildingcontrol@belfastcity.gov.uk for any queries.

Site inspections

Currently we can carry out all inspections except internal site inspections of occupied properties. You must give us 24 hours' notice when requesting an inspection.

We’re unable to:

  • carry out internal site inspections of occupied existing buildings or residential properties
  • issue completion certificates or regularisation certificates where an internal inspection of an occupied property is necessary – we aim to start internal inspections of occupied properties before end of July 2020
  • carry out virtual inspections

Requesting inspections 

We are currently carrying out all inspections, except internal inspections of occupied properties.

You can book an inspection by email:buildingcontrol@belfastcity.gov.uk or telephone 028 9027 0650.

You must give us 24 hours' notice when requesting an inspection. Inspection requests received by 10am will be scheduled for inspection the next day or when requested after this, subject to our resources.

If you are doing work inside an existing occupied property, you should still tell us when you have reached any of the stages we usually inspect. You should continue to make statutory notifications to us as you are legally obliged to do.  When we have resumed all inspection types, you should request an inspection. If the works are complete, you should request a completion inspection.

Making statutory notifications

You should notify us that your work is at a particular stage that we would usually inspect.

You can do this by email: buildingcontrol@belfastcity.gov.uk and we will record the statutory notification against your application.  

Make sure to tell us:

  • the property address
  • works description
  • our application reference number where possible
  • the stage of work
  • any information about materials used

Photographic evidence

You may want to take a photographic record of these stages and throughout your build. 

We do not want you to send photographic evidence to us now. However, on return to business as usual, we will make enquiry in relation to building regulation compliance, and to do this we may receive and consider photographic or video evidence about the works, where deemed appropriate, in conjunction with site inspection.

Getting technical advice

In some instances, you may be able to contact individual surveyors you have been dealing with by mobile or email.  This may not always be possible.  

For technical queries, contact us by email: buildingcontroltechnicalenquiry@belfastcity.gov.uk and a surveyor will get in touch. 

Booking an inspection

We are currently carrying out all inspections, except internal inspections of occupied properties. We aim to start internal inspections of occupied properties in July. You must give us 24 hours' notice when requesting an inspection.

You can book by:

Before starting work and booking an inspection, please make sure you have planning permission for the work if it is required.  

Most inspections take place in working hours:

Days  Working hours
Monday - Thursday  9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 4.30pm

Working hours may vary on public and bank holidays. Visit our holiday arrangements for holiday opening hours. 

Statutory notifications

It is your legal responsibility to tell us when your building work is at the following stages (statutory notifications):

  • When you start the work
  • When you dig the foundations
  • When you pour the foundation concrete
  • When you fit a damp-proof course
  • When you lay and compress the site hardcore (for example, with a roller) 
  • When you lay the concrete subfloor
  • When you lay the drainage system (both before, and after backfilling)
  • Before covering any sound insulation measures
  • Before covering any above ground structural elements
  • When the work is finished
  • Any other stages the surveyor on-site asks you to tell us about

We may tests drains and private sewers or ask you to have the tests carried out. We may also take samples of materials being used to make sure these meet Building Regulations requirements. If we don't get an opportunity to inspect important work, we have the authority to have the works opened up for inspection.


Contact us
Building control
028 9027 0650
Building Control
Ground Floor
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street
Belfast
BT2 8BP

For technical queries email buildingcontroltechnicalenquiry@belfastcity.gov.uk