New app makes it even easier to book a building control inspection
Release date: 9 January 2018
Booking building control site inspections with Cotswold District Council has become even easier, thanks to a new app which has just been launched.
Developed by Local Authority Building Control, the free app allows builders and householders to contact the Council’s Building Control team at any time of the day, via a smart phone or tablet.
The app uses a Global Positioning System to pinpoint the site and the correct building control authority before sending the inspection request straight through to the Cotswold team.
Cllr Sue Coakley, the CDC Cabinet Member responsible for building control, welcomes this innovation:
“We are always looking for ways to make it easier and more convenient for people to contact us. Builders are often out on site early in the morning and will not have access to a computer, so being able to send an inspection appointment request immediately by phone is ideal for them.”
The main purpose of building control is to ensure that regulations are followed so that health and safety is not compromised. Work is inspected on site and, depending on the project, covers structural safety, fire safety, damp resistance, suitable drainage, energy efficiency and electrical and gas safety.
Each year the Building Control team carries out around 5,000 inspections across the District. These vary from checking small projects such as replacement windows at domestic premises to larger-scale inspections for construction companies on housing development sites.