I cant see it happening, governments look to increase control to push
people into unwanted spends, they dont normally move in the opposite
direction. Especially not when theres a safety excuse or real reason,
both of which there would be in this case.
Need a more well thought through petition.
What is happening, with the Building Regulations, is that Local/Central
Government is moving towards a system of 'self-certification'. In doing
so, it's shifting the responsibility for compliance-checking away from
Just my twopenny worth
Who ends up certifying, householder or a professional they engage? The
game is to get people to give as much money to the wealthier sectors of
society as poss, and since this also lines up with safety issues in
this case, both real and imagined, this approach fits normal government
practice like a glove.
Don't be silly.
I wouldn't trust some builders to do stuff without building regulations
approval, certainly not most DIYers.
Its all very well saying that (eg.) an opening needs a lintel but who is
going to check?
Would you, for example, trust a builder to move a wash hand basin and
amend the waste pipe to suit? Yes, I would think so. Well, that task
requires Building Regulations approval.
I think you can find a valid point to suit both sides of any argument.
Not acording to the head of building control who happens to be my neigbour
It may have to meet water byelaws but its not inspected unless you dig
Mind you he also told me not to bother with part UP either as it was just
too much work for them to cope with. ;-)
A year or so back, I asked some colleagues what sort of questions
solicitors had asked about conformance to building regs when they
were selling their houses. For that sample size of just two, the
only building regs the solicitors were interested in checking up on
were structural alterations, and underground drainage alterations.
There were no questions about replacement windows, boilers, etc.
I don't know if this is the norm or not.
The buyers of both the houses that I have sold since the window
rules changed have asked me to supply the relevent details (with
certificates if necessary) about my double glazing (the second
also asked me if I had ever claimed on the warranty).
The one which I sold after the electricity rules changed did not ask
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