Lifting the Burden
In July 1985 the Government proposed greater self certification and the exemption of many forms of buildings.
The first stage would be the introduction of functional building regulations introduced in 1985.
The regulations were backed by Approved Documents of guidance.
Local Authorities were no longer the sole source of approval and inspection.
This role can be filled by A.I,s who notify the local authority via an initial notice and issue a final certificate to the local authority when the building is finished.
The enforcement of building regulations remains with local authorities in the event of disputes.
Over 150 years have passed since the first demands for building regulations, generally every change has been fought tooth and nail by speculative builders.
The legislation contains three elements - legislation - regulation - enforcement.
The flexibility of regulations and the recognition of the independent Approved Inspector provide a fresh impetus for a building control system meeting the needs of building users. Many changes are still to come to meet the needs of society. But generally the system since 1840 has been successful and has stood the test of time.