Mr-Skill says that oft times, you may want to consider building work around your home, and, if so, up to date floor plans will prove vital. He goes on to advise that getting hold of a copy is not that difficult, but more importantly, any substantial work is going to require planning permission to make it legal. One of our regular London general builders reminds us that planning and approval are vital to the homeowner’s interests.
You will need to locate the archives office of your local municipality. You may also find that your local tax office could help point you in the right direction. Archive offices hold all the information since the original deed, including owners, building permits, and maybe even a set of blue prints. If your archive office draws a blank, proceed to the next level. Meantime, find your general builder here on Mr-Skill, and let them worry about all the legalities.
Find out where the fire insurance maps get filed and stored for your local community. These important maps provide information on the construction materials used in buildings in the entire neighbourhood. Some go back as far as the late-19th century when formal records became a local government requirement. Plans will help you determine exactly what your home looked like when built, as well as all the legal modifications officially recorded down the decades.
The Building Inspectorate
This is an important office, as well as a place where you can find out all the do’s and don’ts when it comes to building regulations. Your builder will be required to make application for a building permit before commencing any work on your home. This will then provide you with all the guideline information and processes required. Building permits simply enforce the building restrictions, and alert your local building inspectorate to what is happening.
Keep it Legal
Mr-Skill is a stickler for doing things the right way, that way will be no come back. The role of the building inspectorate is to ensure that all parties involved report on progress with any building work approved. Each entity to the agreement will be held accountable and responsible for all work undertaken. You can be sure that each review stage will undergo close-scrutiny! Mr-Skill has several pre-approved members, so get your general building quote right now