What does 'Building Control Approval' mean when buying a property?
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Building Control Approval
Where a property has had structural changes made to it (say it has been converted from a house into apartments or an internal wall has been removed) the owner will need the local authority to approve the works have been carried out to certain minimum standards as defined in law.
This is known as 'Building Control Approval'. Usually, but not always planning consent is also required.
Be aware that building control only started in the mid 1980s and so if changes were made to a property before this they will not have, and do not need, building control approval but proving the dates of changes can prove tricky.