When someone visits our website we log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns.
We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site, but:
- We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone.
- We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.
- We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source.
If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website (in a form, for example), we will be up front about this.
We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.
Cookies and the law
The EU law states that we must:
- Tell you that the cookies are there
- Explain to you what the cookies do
- Obtain your consent to store a cookie on your device
You can find more information about cookies and the law on these websites:
- Information on cookies from the Information Commissioner's Office
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit the All About Cookies website.
Opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites:
You may delete and block all cookies from this site, the following table shows you which cookies we currently use.
Other cookies may be set when you visit the Worcestershire County Council website from the links in our site (to pages such as job listings).
Cookies used by our website
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What is the LABC Partner Authority Scheme?
The Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Partner Authority Scheme is designed to help those who carry out design and construction work in different locations and, therefore, deal with numerous councils. The scheme enables a company or individual to establish a working relationship with one council of their choice, rather than having to deal with a different council each time.
How does it work?
As a registered partner with South Worcestershire Building Control, you can discuss and submit all of your applications for building regulations approval to us here in South Worcestershire no matter where in England or Wales the site may be.
We then liaise with yourselves, the relevant local council and, where appropriate, the local fire and rescue service during the approval period, to fully assess your proposals and resolve any queries which may arise.
At the end of this process, we compile recommendations for building regulation approval, listing conditions as appropriate for the relevant local council to issue formally.
When the work begins on site, the local council in the area manages the construction phase, providing on-site advice and inspection to suit the needs of the site team.
What are the advantages?
- One professional to contact for all your building control work in England and Wales who manage your account in a way that best suits your individual needs
- A local team always available for advice and guidance, offering pre-application advice and close support during the design and approval stages
- Greater consistency in interpretation of the building regulations - your design proposals will always be assessed by the same building control team
- Access to building control surveyors based near the project to ensure fast response times as well as local contacts and knowledge
- Strong and historical links with the fire and rescue service and with other parts of the local council
- Electronic submissions and exchanges of correspondence
- Access to LABC products through LABC Consult*, including building warranties, Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) assessments, sound and air testing, fire engineering
- Access to LABC training events*
- Improved carbon footprints from using locally based professionals (particularly relevant where this is measurable for sustainability assessments
How to become registered
To start taking advantages of these benefits, simply complete the LABC online application form.
Personal Data held by the Building Control Team
In order to provide building control services, it is necessary for us to collect and hold personal information. This information may include:
- Basic personal information such as name, address, telephone number, email address
- Any other information e.g. financial, property related etc. provided in support of an application, query or service request
- Information in connection with any enforcement case which could include evidence such as photos, car registration details, details on third parties, insurers.
Who is processing your data?
All personal data held, is processed in accordance with Data Protection law. The South Worcestershire Building Control Service is lead by Malvern Hills District Council who are processing the data on behalf of the Data Controllers – Malvern Hills District Council, Worcester City Council and Wychavon District Council.
Why do we collect your information?
We will collect information about you (where applicable):
- For the purpose of providing pre-application advice and assistance
- In order to deliver building control services such as processing applications
- To deal with queries and requests for advice
- To monitor developments
- To take enforcement action
What is the legal basis for us to process your data?
The legal basis for processing the data is in the exercise of statutory powers and duties under various UK laws including but not limited to:
- The Building Act 1984
- Building Regulations 2010 (as amended)
- The Town & Country Planning Act 1990
To exercise and perform the terms and conditions of any Contract you may have entered.
Who do we share your information with?
Please be advised that applications together with documents provided in support of those applications and any comments made thereon are published on our website.
We may share your information with partner organisations, including:
- Statutory bodies and consultees
- The Planning Inspectorate, Fire Authority, Police
- Other Public Bodies, including the Courts and Tribunal Service
- Government Agencies
- External Auditors and regulators (such as the Local Government Ombudsman)
We will not normally share your information with organisations other than our partner organisations without your consent, however, there may be certain circumstances where we would share without consent such as where we are required to do so by law, to safeguard public safety, and in risk of harm or emergency situations. Any information which is shared will only be shared on a need to know basis, with appropriate individuals. Only the minimum information for the purpose will be shared.
How long do we keep your records?
We will only keep your information for the minimum period necessary. The information outlined in this privacy notice will be kept in accordance with our retention schedule. All information will be held securely and destroyed under confidential conditions.
What are your rights?
You have a number of rights under Data Protection law, including the right to request your information and to request that the information be amended or erased if incorrect.
You also have a right to make a complaint about our handling of your personal data to the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Providing accurate information
It is important that we hold accurate and up to date information about you in order to assess your needs and delivery the appropriate services. If any of your details have changed, or change in the future, please ensure that you inform us as soon as possible so that we can update your records.
If you have any questions or concerns about how your information is used, please contact Meesha Patel, Legal Services Manager at Wychavon and Malvern Hills District Council shared Legal Service, Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 1PT.
More information about data protection and how it applies to you can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office website.
ANC - Association of Noise Consultants
Approved Documents and Associated Guidance
British Geological Survey - Radon Gas
Building Research Establishments
FMB - Federation of Master Builders
Planning Portal - access for Building Control
Timber Research and Development Association - TRADA
The Building Act 1984 & the Building Regulations
United Kingdom Accreditation Service - UKAS