Paul F. Everall, chief executive and company secretary, Local Authority Building Control
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LABC and its members are pressing for early implementation of many of the proposals, in order to improve the service we provide to architects and others.
We liked the proposal that gives us a wider range of powers to deal with people failing to comply with the regulations: stop notices, fixed monetary penalties and increased time to prosecute. We also support the move to restrict the use of the building notice to minor works, and the move towards riskbased assessment. We are currently working with consultants to develop new guidance on this.
Nevertheless, many local authorities believe that the best way to improve the Building Control service would be to abolish private-sector competition. At present, if local authorities are to compete they must keep the fees they charge broadly in line with private sector ones, and that risks less inspections being undertaken than is desirable. It is disappointing that the government did not address this.