Manchester City Council

Planning & regeneration Building regulation inspections

What stages of work you must tell us about

The building regulations require anyone who carries out any building work to let us know when any of the following stages of work have been reached:

  1. When building work is about to commence; and
  2. When building work has been completed; and
  3. Before a building is occupied, but the work has not been completed; and
  4. Any inspections we think are necessary and which we have told you about.

In some cases inspections might be combined, such as a commencement inspection with a foundation inspection, or a drainage inspection with the inspection of a floor slab.

If we have not been told that building work has reached a stage that is necessary to be inspected, then we might ask you to expose, lay open or pull down as much of the work as we feel is necessary to allow us to inspect the work. Moreover, it might not be possible for us to give you a completion certificate if we've not been able to inspect parts of the work. We could also take enforcement action, which might result in you being a fined for not having given us the proper notice to inspect.

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