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Part L 2013 Transitional Arrangements

- Where building work has commenced on site before 6th April the provisions of Part L 2013 will not apply.

- Where a building notice, full plans submission of initial notice has been given to a local authority or building control body before 6th April 2014, the provision of Part L 2013 will not apply so long as work commences on site before 6th of April 2015.

The following are considered by CLG to be classed as a commencement of work:

-       Excavation for strip or trench foundations or for pad footings

-       Digging out and preparation of ground for raft foundations

-       Vibrofloatation (stone columns) piling, boring for piles or pile driving

-       Drainage work specific to the building (s) concerned

CLG does not consider the following to be classed as commencement:

-       Removal of vegetation, top soil, or treatment of contaminated land

-       Demolition of previous buildings on site

-       Dynamic compaction

-       General site servicing works (temporary roads for example)

So what does this mean?

Well to ensure that your site can be built out to Part L 2010, make sure that you've firstly registered the site with building control before 6th April 2014. Then you’ll need to start work on site before 6th April 2015. If you don’t think you’re going to be able to start work before this date, make sure you've got some flexibility in your budget to accommodate improvements to the building fabric and services to ensure compliance.

If a site contains multiple dwellings, then works to a single dwelling in line with the definition above, will mean that the site has commenced and locked into the applicable Building Regulation for the duration of the development.”

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Jon Ponting

Author: Jon Ponting

This article was published by Jon Ponting on 12.09.2013.