Plan is to gradually replace the sliding sashes at the front of our Victori
an terraced house. There are 7 openings and, for logistical reasons, I'm go
ing to do a couple at a time. I can collect the boxes (complete with weight
s and DG panels) locally, and there is no bulk discount, so I plan to take
Question is, do I just do them and apply for retrospective building control
certification? As the job might take 6 months, I don't want to involve the
council at the outset and find I'm under the cosh to get it finished.
Needless to say, if anyone has done this job which, apart from the measurin
g and the heavy lifting, would seem to be pretty straightforward. Maybe I'l
l find out the hard way why DG firms want such a huge markup on timber wind
I think you have to start the work within 3 years, or the application
is cancelled. Once started, you can take as long as you like.
The regs that apply are those in effect at the time you start the
work (not those at time of application). However, building regs
changes that come in after you started the work won't apply to you.
However, check your council website.
If you apply restrospectively, it costs more, and you might have
trouble if the regs have changed since you started the work and your
windows no longer conform.
I rather suspect very few people would bother with building regs
just for a couple of windows, unless the work involved more
substantial building changes which required regs approval.
However, do make sure you fit windows that conform -- check up
on current rules for ventilation, fire escape, need for toughened
glass in windows, energy efficiency, etc. and make sure you get
all that right.
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On Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 3:22:20 PM UTC, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:
You can "repair" them, which includes changing the sashes, but going back to brick does need approval.
I thought about just new sashes and sill, but the price of the whole box with weights, double glazing, draught proofing and a factory finish was a much better bet.
There is no time limit on completing work under Building Control.
However, a few insurers (Admiral) will get arsey.
Retrospecting permission is fine if you are sure the windows you are
using meet Part L (and you can prove it).
Or, 3rd option: Don't bother and if you sell the house, get indemnity
insurance. After 2 years, the LBA cannot prosecute you anyway for what
is a technical breach (failure to notify) and they won't anyway - no one
every got prosecuted for changing their windows.
They (the various BCO's) had their own survey, sent out by the
EST (afaik) where they were asked what they would do about
non-compliance with Part-L and most said they would do nothing
unless it coincided with additional more serious problems. They
would just keep a marker on file.
I did have a link to it some point, but cannot find it.
I know of at least three houses near me where single glazed
windows have been replaced with like-for-like and I even
asked one guy who was doing the work and his attitude was
'who cares ?, the owner is paying'.
if the windows comply with Part-L to the letter, then it's
up to you if decide to pay for a pointless piece of paper.
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