Services that Building Control can offer

We are able to offer both a full plan appraisal and site inspection service to enable Building Control to certify that both the design and construction meet the substantive requirements of the building regulations.

An integral part of this service for larger schemes we offer of extensive pre-submission discussions to ensure all scheme not only complies with the relevant legislation, but also takes account of the design and end use of the building.

Staff will be available for all necessary meetings from the outset, with this service being provided at no cost to you. Our plan checking team are working on a 15-day turnaround for smaller schemes and an initial plan check and feed back for larger schemes. We can also offer same day inspections if requested and arrange for hours inspections if required.

In addition we offer a full development team approach to projects, and officers will be happy to facilitate meetings to progress the scheme. An important value added service we bring to the project when considering all fire safety issues both internal and external, is the close long term working relationship we have with officers from the Tyne and Wear Fire Authority.

Service delivery

You can submit your plan online using 'submit a plan',  unique to Local Authority Building Control.  This will allow you to submit all plans and documents electronically. Considerable cost savings can be realised from the reduced need for 'hard copy' drawings and details linked to savings in time through electronic submission and return of details as the project develops. 

Our quality service includes a 15 working day turn round in plan checking for compliance with the building regulations, with supporting details and requests for information being assessed within five days of receipt.

A full site inspection programme will be prepared for your scheme and any site inspection request received before 9.30am will be actioned on the same day and if required to meet your building programme site inspections for both out of hours and weekends can be arranged.

A named surveyor will be appointed to lead the project. The majority of our staff are Chartered Building control surveyors and full members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  We are able to send you a brief profile of the Gateshead Building Control team should you wish to consider using our services for your project, together with a summary of projects recently carried out.


It is extremely important to have a responsive professional building control provider and the cost of the provision of the service is a consideration, therefore we will work closely with your design team to give you a competitive quotation for our services based on the overall cost of the build project and the construction period on site.

We can also provide additional services through our LABC  Business partners at competitive prices. For example we can offer you latent defects cover, energy certificates, sound and pressure testing, BREEAM, Sap or SBEM, and so on. For further information on this or any other product, please contact us or Local Authority Building Control.

Contact us  

Development and Public Protection
Building Control
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street

0191 433 3144

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