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Building control enquiries

Requests for information

Building Control records are not public records which mean there is no public right to view or obtain information submitted under the Building Regulations. However, the owner of a property or a solicitor acting in the sale of the property can request to view plans or obtain a copy of completion certificates and decision notices as per guidance below.

Please note that Building Control records are kept for 15 years in accordance with the Councils’ retention policy.

Completion certificate and decision notices – copy requests

The owner, or owner’s representative, should send a request in writing accompanied by the correct fee. We will produce a written response for dispatch by post or email, as applicable, by close of business up to a maximum of 10 working days after payment has been received. Responses to enquiries made by the property owner will be sent by post to the address of the property being enquired upon. Responses to enquiries made by a solicitor will be sent by post to their offices or upon request by email as well.

The fee charged covers researching the enquiry, retrieving records, producing a written response and one copy document (up to 1 hours work).

Should an enquiry take more than 1 hour to complete additional charges will be applicable - see building control miscellaneous charges below.

Should it be necessary to refer to a Building Control Surveyor to provide a response to your enquiry additional charges will be applicable - see building control miscellaneous charges below.

All charges are non-refundable, regardless of outcome of the enquiry. i.e. We may not hold the requested records.

Urgent enquiries - We are able to provide an expedited two day response service which is charged at a separate rate - see building control miscellaneous charges below.

Please note as with our normal service the owner, or owner’s representative, should send a request in writing accompanied by the correct fee. We will produce a written response for dispatch by post or email, as applicable, by close of business up to a maximum of 2 working days after payment has been received. Responses to enquiries made by the property owner will be sent by post to the address of the property being enquired upon. Responses to enquiries made by a solicitor will be sent by post to their offices or upon request by email as well.

Plan Viewing

The owner, or owner’s representative, should send a written request providing the address of the property and advise their connection to the property.

We will check to see if we hold any records and advise accordingly.

Please note: We make plan drawings available but are not able to provide details of the works for which they were originally submitted, or comment on their suitability for your purpose prior to viewing. Viewing is by appointment only – To be arranged after it has been established that we hold records.

The charge for this service should be paid in advance – please see building control miscellaneous charges below. Please note we would expect to make files available within 10 working days form the date of payment. However in some circumstances this period may be longer as many of our records are stored at an off-site facility.

Copying of Plans

Plans and architectural drawings are protected under Copyright Law and therefore copies cannot be reproduced without the express permission of the original Copyright owner, i.e. the producer of the drawing (not the party for whom it was produced). This type of Copyright is valid for 100 years from the date of production. Please see building control miscellaneous charges below for copying fees.

Drainage records

Access to these records is not restricted. Please send an email to building.control@islington.gov.uk requesting that we make a search of the records stating the address of the property that you are interested in. We will check to see if we hold any records and advise accordingly.

If we hold records and you wish to proceed with viewing, please note the following:

  • We make plans available but we do not review or comment on their suitability for your purpose.
  • The charge for this service should be paid in advance and is non-refundable - see building control miscellaneous charges below. 
  • Please note we would expect to make records available within 10 working days form the date of payment.
  • The records are held in both paper and microfiche form.
  • Viewing of the records may be undertaken by pre-arranged appointment at our offices, see link below for contact details.Building Control Contact Details 

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If the records are held in paper form we may be able to scan and email them to you.

Please note if the records are held on microfiche you will have to make an appointment to attend our offices to view them on screen. We are not able to provide paper or electronic copies of microfiche records.

Prospective purchasers, private search companies and energy performance certificate (EPC) requests

The Building Control Service does not provide this information. Please contact Local Land Charges

Fees

Cheques should be made payable to ‘Islington Council’, or alternatively payment is accepted by debit/credit card by telephoning 020 7527 5999 once the request for information has been sent in. Please see miscellaneous charges document below for correct fee.

Please contact us for assistance:

Building Control Services at 222 Upper Street, London, N1 1XR,
Tel: 020 7527 5999
Email building.control@islington.gov.uk. ​

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