Our house and front garden are about 1m above the level of the road.
We have just been granted planning permission to excavate the garden
to provide an off-street parking space (retaining walls on three
sides, steps leading up to front door, block paving base). The plans
we submitted with our application only gave details of the size of the
bay we wish to dig out, making no specification as to depth of
footings for retaining walls, etc.
Do we need to supply more detail to the Building Inspector and have
the work checked at various stages?
Also, any idea how deep the footings for a 1m high wall (double
skinned engineering bricks with Cotswold Stone dressing) should be?
I would apply, the cost will be minimal, it also helps when you sell.
If you read the rgs you can work it out, (or guess it out), the regs are online.
When the guy comes to inspect the holes for the foundation treat him as a
friend there to help you get it right, not the enemy, he will probably help you
get it right.
On 17 Nov 2003 04:43:00 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Scantlebury)
Your proposed work does not require building regulation approval as it is
not controlled work.
Planning dept are not interested in the depth of your foundation as it is
outside of their remit.
Foundations should be min 450mm deep, or down to suitable load bearing soil.
On 17 Nov 2003 04:43:00 -0800, a particular chimpanzee named
email@example.com (Matt Scantlebury) randomly hit the
keyboard and produced:
It depends on whether you need a Building Regulations application or
not. The basic thing about Building Regulations is they only apply to
buildings. If it doesn't have a roof, it's not a building.
Unless your excavation will adversely affect a building (yours or your
neighbours), then no application is required. This is only likely to
happen if the depth of your house footings plus the distance from your
house footings to the start of your excavation is less than 1m.
About the same as this piece of string.
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