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West Somerset Council

Building Control

Spirit LevelThe purpose of Building Regulations is to safeguard the health, safety, welfare and convenience of all people, including the disabled, in and about buildings.

This control extends to both private and public buildings, with plan checking and site inspections being undertaken by Building Control Officers.

Information about Building Regulations

The Planning Portal is a national resource supported by the Government and provides information and advice, on the following:

  • Building Policy and Legislation
  • Approved documents
  • How to get approval
  • Greener buildings
  • Good practice guides

If you would like a Building Control Officer to contact you to arrange an appointment or to discuss an enquiry, please either complete the online General Enquiry form or contact the Building Control Team on 01984 635275.

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Changes to the Building Control Service

Your West Somerset Building Control service is transforming into something bigger and better.

Whilst we undergo these internal changes there may be some difficulties in making direct contact with the Building Control team, so we ask that you please leave messages by voicemail 01984 635275 or email to when you have not been able to speak to us in person. All calls will be returned as soon as possible.

Applications and inspection services will not be affected, although there might be short delays in sending out standard letters.

Every effort will be made to ensure callers to West Somerset House reception will be seen between 9 and 10am and 4 and 5pm Mondays to Thursdays, but we would ask that you pre-book an appointment to avoid disappointment or a wasted journey.

Thanks to all our customers and service users for your patience and understanding.