Things to remember


Building Control

Under this section you will find everything you need to help you find what’s involved within Building Regulations.

You may also find it advantageous when submitting for building regulations to contact Total Building Control Ltd. We try to tell clients to use Total Building Control instead of going through the normal routes (Councils). Total Building Control are a lot friendlier, cost effective and easier to work with. They often don’t require 48 hrs notice to visit site. Hence not holding site programme up.

To visit Total Building Control Ltd please go to


Before any site commencement, be prepared on the legislation and regulation and costs involved for any project.

We can help with appointing an Architect and advice on budget costs before appointment.

We work closely with several architects that we can recommend.

The architect will usually these days become your Principal designer. Overseeing the design & H&S of the project. If this is not the case, then don’t panic as we can undertake these duties. Again we would highly recommend that you seek advice from your local council website – planning. Most councils will give a fair amount of information on the process.

Structural Engineers

Most projects, after planning sought. While in building control. Seeking building regulations will require structural engineer’s information / calculations.

Again, don’t panic. We can help recommend or take on this role. Within the overall scheme.


Dependant on the age, type of building & nature of contract an Asbestos report may we required.

There are two types of asbestos surveys:-

  1. Management Survey – Undertaken to identify where asbestos is located within the building.
  2. Refurbishment / Demolition Survey – Required before any intrusive refurbishment or demolition work is undertaken.

The HSE strongly recommends that asbestos surveys are undertaken by UKAS accredited surveying organisations.

All information on surveys / removal and diseases caused by Asbestos can be found on the HSE website and downloaded in pdf format free of charge.

We can strongly recommend several companies that we work alongside to survey and Asbestos removal. Please feel free to ask. Or if you wish. We can deal with all these issues for you within the project scheme, to take all problems away from you.

Health and Saftey

We at DC feel strongly about Health & Safety. That is why every member of the team wear identified High Vis Corporate logos on clothing. All members undergo regular team talks and tool box talks. Every member has some form of Health & Safety training and Asbestos Awareness training. All certification if required can be shown.

All managers are briefed by directors on weekly changes within the industry and all work closely when preparing Risk & Method statements.

Which every member of the team MUST witness and sign before any works are carried out. We think this makes us a cut above the rest of our competitors.

 We also work closely with our Consultancy H&S Firm, who liaise with us and act as our Health & Safety Officer on all matters within our business.

CDM Regs

Not many people are aware. CDM Regulations have recently changed. CDM (Construction Design Management) will affect everything and everyone within construction. We can help with all issues or concerns that you may have. All projects, including domestic that involve planning permission will fall under this hat. We can help advice and even take away the burden and concerns. By appointing or becoming the Principal Designer ourselves and see the project through from start to completion. For further information on CDM regulation. Please visit the HSE website – CDM Regulations.

DBS Checks

Data Barring Scheme. These used to be called Criminal Record Checks. Before you enter into a contract with any contractor.

Ask for their staff DBS checks. All our staff hold DBS checks. These checks prove that all individuals are reliable and hardworking individuals that can be trusted. All our staff go through rigorous checks.

Useful Links

Useful links to local council planning, building control, governing bodies and trade associations’ web pages:-



Interactive Guide to Planning

Planning & Building Regulations

ALL COUNCILS:– Go to your local council and link into their planning sections.


Federation of Master Builders

Government Trustmark Scheme

Investors in People

Construction Skills

Gas Safe


Carbon Trust


Safe Contractor