What you should know
If you are considering installing a mezzanine floor within your premises, you will need to ensure that you have as much information as possible before getting started. Do not get caught out by Building Regulations! It is vital that you seek the right advice from an early stage to reduce any potential risks and further costs.
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We outline some information below as a guidance only.
Building Regulations Guideline
What are Building Regulations and the purpose?
Building Regulations apply in England and Wales and relate to the Building Act 1984. The majority of building projects are required to comply with these regulations. The purpose of these regulations is to ensure the Health & Safety of people in and around buildings as well as making considerations for energy conservation, access and the eventual use of buildings.
Building regulations apply in the following situations (list not fully inclusive):
- Upon erection or extension of a building
- Upon installation or extension of a service or fitting which is controlled under the regulations
- An alteration to a project which involves work which will temporarily or permanently affect the ongoing compliance of the building or service with the requirements relating to the structure, fire, access and use of buildings.
What happens if you do not comply?
The local authority, or any other person, may decide to apply to the Magistrates court where you can receive a fine of up to £5,000 for the contravention, and £50 each day until the issue is rectified. The local authority may serve an enforcement notice upon the owner, requiring the necessary work on the area which contravenes the regulations be completed (section 36 of the Building Act 1984). If the owner does not comply, the authority has the power to undertake the work themselves and recover any costs.
A fire officer also has the power to remove the owner’s fire certificate if evidence has been identified of non-compliance.
How do you apply for an application of approval?
Each local authority in England and Wales has a designated Building Control section who will check your application to ensure the building work complies with building regulations.
It is the responsibility of the owner of the building or the developer involved to obtain building regulation approval. It is advised that plans are submitted at an early stage (prior to the work commencing) as this will avoid additional costs and potential problems later on. The application should be made directly to the local authority.
You can request that the supplier of the equipment completes the application on behalf of the owner, (but only if the equipment is installed by them) but this usually incurs a charge. Note: the supplier will request a waiver letter to be signed by the owner, absolving them of any responsibility for additional costs or non-approval fees from building regulations.
Here is a quick guide for fire protection for your mezzanine floor:
If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then you will require fire rating
- Does the mezzanine floor occupy more than 50% of the ground floor plan
- Is the mezzanine more than 10m in either length or width
- Does the floor have more than one tier
- Will members of the public be allowed onto the floor
- Will staff be occupying the floor full time or use it to congregate for meetings, training, or break time
Fire protection may not be required if the floor is only for storage but we would always advise for you to seek further information and guidance.
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