Builders who submitted sites to NHBC ahead of the implementation of Part L 2014 in Wales should note that the date by which a commencement should be recorded in order to ensure the site fully meets the transitional provisions is fast approaching.
To qualify to meet the transitional provisions put in place for Part L 2014 (Wales) an initial notice, building notice or full plans submission must have been served before 31 July 2014 and work should have been commenced on site before 31 July 2015.
Where a site meets the transitional provisions, Part L 2014 (Wales) will not apply.
What is commencement of works?
In the Welsh Government's opinion the commencement of work would usually be marked by work such as:
excavation for strip or trench foundations or for pad footings
digging out and preparation of ground for raft foundations
vibro-floatation (stone columns) piling, boring for piles or pile driving
drainage work specific to the building(s) concerned
The Welsh Government considers that the following sorts of work would not be likely to constitute the commencement of work:
removal of vegetation, top soil or removal/treatment of contaminated soil
demolition of any previous buildings on the site
excavation of trial holes
general site servicing works (e.g. roadways).
In some cases applications will be in respect of a number of buildings on a site, for example a number of houses. In such cases it is the commencement of work on the first of the buildings within the application which determines whether all the building work can take advantage of the transitional provisions, not each individual building.
What to do next
Builders who have already submitted an initial notice to NHBC Building Control but who have not yet carried out a commencement, should contact their NHBC Building Inspector as soon as possible to arrange for a suitable inspection to be carried out and recorded before the 31 July 2015.
This article has been adapted from an article published in NHBC. For more information, please contact the NHBC.