Practical Post 11: Phasing and BC(A)R SI.9?

by Bregs Blog admin team


Practical post 11: can I build my house extension in phases?

We have planning permission for a 50msq kitchen/ utility room/ bathroom extension and we planned to build over the summer.

Having received quotes from an architect and a surveyor for Certifier services, we are considering our options. We had planned direct labour for the works, without enploying a main contractor so this is a significant additional cost. We now need to reduce our scope to mitigate against these additional costs.

We have worked out that we could build the kitchen as phase 1 (38m2) and the other part as phase 2. Our architect says that once the Commencement  Notices and Completion  Certificates are validated for each part separately, there is nothing in the regulations to exclude this. (These will be short form Commencement  Notices, so will not be recorded on BCMS).

The Code of Practice refers to phased work as being acceptable and there are no ‘anti avoidance’ measures in either the Building Control Act or SI9 so the local authority cannot prosecute us.


Other Posts in this series:

Practical Post 1: BC(A)R SI.9 Extensions & Refurbishments– click link here

Practical Post 2: completion- FAO Vintners & Retailers– click link here

Practical posts 3: Change of Use – FDI and offices – Click link here

Practical post 4: What if the builder goes bust?– Click link here

Practical Post 5: Small retail extension- problem with certifier – Click link here

Practical Post 6: no one wants to do certifier roles! – Click link here

Practical Post 7: Existing Shopping Centres – Click link here

Practical Post 8: Employees won’t certify: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 9: Fees & numbers of inspections?: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 10: No retrospective compliance: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 11: Phasing and BC(A)R SI.9? – Click link here

Practical Post 10: No retrospective compliance: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 12: “architects only” club?–  Click link here

Practical Post 13: Duties & conflicts- BC(A)R SI.9 –  Click link here

Practical Post 14: Supervision vs Inspection –  Click link here

Practical post 15: Code of conduct issues –  Click link here

Practical Post 16: Pyrite and certification? – Click link here

Practical Post 17: Off-License fit-out –  Click link here

Practical Post 18- material alterations: Creche  – Click link here

Practical Post 19: Phased completion & BC(A)R SI.9 –  Click link here

Practical post 20: Are builders off the hook with BCAR? – click link here

NOTE: This series of posts is not meant to undermine or be in opposition to any professional advice from registered representative bodies: rather it is to offer additional technical aids to those that find themselves in the unenviable position of having to deal with SI.9 in it’s current form at present. As with all information posted on the Blog we urge all practitioners to check with their respective professional bodies before assuming any roles or duties under Building Control (Amendment) regulation (SI.9 of 2014). We hope to post a number of these practical posts and list in one area, so home owners, SME’s and professionals can drop in and click on a particular topic to get summary information that may be useful to them while working within these new and difficult regulations.