Building Control

You must apply for building control for any internal or external building work. The application should accompany your structural calculations and building regulations' compliance documentation.
We serve London and surrounding areas.

You should wait until this application has been checked to begin the work. Some companies advise a minimum of 5 days, but Summit typically advises that you wait a month between applying for building control and beginning work.

If your project includes any structural changes, your building control submission will have to include structural calculations. 

While you can appoint either a private company or the council to handle building control, we typically advise using a private company. They usually charge no more than the council would, but are faster and easier to work with. If you start building before you have building control in place, you will only be able to use the council, as a private company generally won’t take the project on once work has commenced.

Summit Architecture can obtain a free, no-obligation quote from a private building control company who we regularly work with. It will be your responsibility to let Summit know when you intend to start building.

Building control will usually consist of at least 2 site inspections – one at the beginning of work and one when work is complete. You will receive a certificate at this point, and you should keep it in case you ever decide to sell the property.

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Initially we contacted Summit Architecture as we weren’t sure if a wall in our flat was supporting. Along the way we wanted further advice on vaulting the ceilings and on the cause of cracks to the back of our building. Oliver got back to our initial enquiry the same day, gave us some initial advice based on photos we sent him, and then conducted a site visit. He went above and beyond in terms of service, and was happy to have a look at other structural issues we were concerned about. He produced full calculations for the ceiling and wall, and advised on the cause of the cracks and repairs necessary. The service was first class, with a quick turn around on the calculations and drawings, and excellent communication throughout. We would definitely use his services again.
William Kelly
William Kelly
We first met Oliver at another property, which we didn't purchase in the end but decided to go ahead with Summit Architecture because of how enthusiastic he was when we first met him. We didn't end up having Oliver design our build, as the area we moved to was no longer covered by him but have ended up with some plans we are very happy with. Summit have been great at updating our plans regularly, due to changes required by our builder and they have been to quick respond to these changes. We must also give huge praise to Nicolette, who has not only been great at keeping us updated throughout the process, regarding our plans but she was also a key part in helping overcome issues we had with our Party Wall surveyor. We had a number of communication issues with our Party Wall surveyor and she went above and beyond to ensure we received the report from him. Nicolette didn't need to do this for us but was very willing and happy to do so and for that we are very grateful. Thank you!
Shaun Terson
Shaun Terson
Great working with Eleni & the team. Really pleased with the drawing designs and the advice offered regarding the local authority planning permission. Looking forward to the rest of the process and hopefully starting the build soon!
Kieran Matthews
Kieran Matthews
Oliver and Summit Architecture helped me with the structural drawings and calculations for my project, as well as delegating drawings for my Thames Water build over agreement. As a whole, Summit Architecture were professional throughout and very easy to deal with; and in a project like mine (house to flat conversion), delegating him these vital duties was the best decision I made. Oliver is his team are very responsive, and always available if needed; most importantly, they have a wealth of knowledge and have great contacts for building phase. Will definitely turn to Oliver and his team in the future for further projects.
Shahir Uddin
Shahir Uddin
Seamless and first class service!I’ve been extremely impressed by the service delivered by Summit. The team made the whole experience very smooth and painless. At times, it felt like being on a conveyor belt effortlessly being passed on from one member of the team to the next for support at the various stages, taking away all the pressure and anxiety of having to think about the next step myself, I felt in safe hands. I'd like to particularly thank Nicolette who was an absolute gem and a mine of information, responding to emails outside office hours and always finding a response to my queries, and also Hania who helped me with the Scope of Work. Jamiul provided very helpful and expert advice to get the planning application approved, and all other members of the team were equally efficient. I have managed to find a builder through Nicolette and I’m very excited to have a start date for my project. I highly recommend Summit Architecture, first class service, lovely friendly team. Would definitely use them again!
Isabelle Jourdan
Isabelle Jourdan
Couldn't be happier with the level of service I received from these guys. Professional, reliable and went above and beyond for us. Highly recommend.
Jas Verdi
Jas Verdi
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