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Making it easier to book building inspections


January 11, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ January 2018 Cotswold News


Making it easier to book building inspections

Booking building control inspections with West Oxfordshire District Council has become easier, thanks to a new app which has just been launched.

Developed by Local Authority Building Control, the free app allows builders and householders to contact the Council’s Building Control team whilst on site, and at any time of the day, via their smart phone or tablet.

The app uses GPS to pinpoint the site and the correct building control authority before sending the inspection request straight through to the West Oxfordshire team.

Cllr Jeff Haine, Cabinet Member responsible for planning said, “We are continually looking at ways of making it easier and more convenient for people to contact us. Builders are often out on site early in the morning and will not have access to a computer, so being able to send an inspection appointment request immediately by phone is ideal for them.”

The main purpose of building control is to ensure that regulations are followed so that health and safety is not compromised. Work is inspected on site and, depending on the project, covers structural safety, fire safety, damp resistance, suitable drainage, energy efficiency and electrical and gas safety.

Last year West Oxfordshire’s Building Control team carried out nearly 6,000 inspections across the District. These vary from checking small projects such as replacement windows at domestic premises to larger-scale inspections for construction companies on housing development sites.

To install the app visit www.labc.co.uk/app