Oldham Building Control continually strive to offer a service which
is economic, efficient and effective. We proudly offer a truly
independent and impartial service that is customer focused.
We are pleased to offer pre-submission advice free of charge on proposals
that are to be submitted to us. Should you wish to discuss a project, it is more advantageous to arrange
a specific appointment, allowing our officers to offer you quality time to discuss your issues. An appointment
would also provide the opportunity for other interested parties to be invited. Early involvement is
welcomed to provide maximum assistance to achieve a rapid approval of your scheme. Pre-submission meetings
help to avoid both costly and wasteful design time, and thus reduce project costs.
We have ease of access to information from other Council services, such
as Planning, Highways, Environmental Health and so on and also external agencies such as United Utilities.
We also have a good relationship with the Greater Manchester Fire Service, which is particularly useful
where work is of a non-domestic nature, and a Fire Certificate is required. It is therefore relatively
easy for us to arrange meetings involving these various agencies.
Since the advent of competition for the provision of Building Control
services, there have been concerns that there might be a significant variation in the efficiency and
effectiveness of the Building Control functions offered by the different parties.
The Construction Industry council (CIC), the Local Government Association
(LGA) and the Association of Corporate Approved Inspectors (ACAI) have in conjunction with the Department
of Transport, Land and the Regions (DTLR), recently collaborated to produce a set of standards to be
adhered to by all Building Control bodies, whether in the public or private sector, thus promoting consistently
Oldham Building Control is committed to exceeding these set standards
and we can therefore provide a fully accountable service that is continually monitored.