Manchester City Council

Manchester Arena attack

Manchester is sharing its sympathy and our thoughts are with everyone affected, especially those who have lost loved ones or been injured and traumatised.

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Planning & regeneration Book an inspection

Alteration and installations

We need to inspect your work least 2 working days before you cover up any elements or fittings and within five working days of all work finishing.

To book an inspection call 0161 234 4490.

Substantial building work

You, or your builder, must tell us at the start, end and at various stages of the build, which may include:

  • Excavation of foundations prior to concreting
  • Laying reinforcement before concreting (in a foundation, ground beams or a slab)
  • Building over the damp-proof course
  • Ground floor slab base (oversite) before concreting
  • Laying drains and new drainage connections prior to covering over (backfilling)
  • Drains test after backfilling
  • Installation of structural members (floor joists, roof structure, steel beams, etc.)
  • Thermal insulation before covering with plasterboard
  • If the new area has been occupied (if before completion).

For these stages you must let us know at least one full working day before the work starts, and within five working days of all work finishing.

To book an inspection call 0161 234 4490.

If this is the first time you have told us about the work, you will have to apply for ‘regularisation’. We can sometimes give approval for work that started in the past but there is a charge.

If you didn’t tell us when you started you might have to correct the work that's already been done, or pay a fine.

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