The Devon Building Control Partnership (DBCP) launched in 2004, resulting from the merger of Building Control services from three councils – South Hams District Council, Teignbridge District Council and West Devon Borough Council – into one overall Building Control service for an area of around 1,050 sq miles.
The Partnership also works in close collaboration with Plymouth, Cornwall, Torbay and other Local Authorities in the South West to deliver a consistent and coordinated service.
One of the first of its kind, the Devon Building Control Partnership is now an established presence providing the full Building Control service as required by the Building Act. This includes services such as plan approval, site inspection, regularisation, enforcement, dangerous buildings, demolitions, safety at sports grounds, fire safety, energy advice and access audits, etc.
An important aspect of their service is that they are non-profit making. It’s legally required and even written into the partnership agreement. All the income taken is used to support and provide the service and re-invest in it. This is evidenced in the 18 surveyors, many of whom work remotely around large parts of Devon enabling them to cover anywhere at short notice.
The Partnership manages more than 2700 projects a year, working with architects, builders, consultants and homeowners and understand the challenges around building design and the day-to-day pressures on site.
This publication details what the Partnership offers and includes an in-depth interview with the Head of Partnership, Andrew Carpenter.