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Frequently Asked Questions

If you cannot find the information you want in our service pages, you may be able to find it on this main FAQ page.
After looking at the statistics of how users browse our site we have now focused on the most used services as priority, many hundreds of information pages on our site that were accessed rarely or sometimes not at all have now been removed to de-clutter and make our site easier to use.

However we still accept that some information is desirable to help our users better understand aspects of how Carlisle City Council services work, so we provide FAQ lists on most our section landing pages.
All FAQs including any FAQ that does not fit in any of our our site sections are accessible here in the master FAQ page.

Master FAQ ( select a category or search for answers )

When can I start work?

You may start work after you have submitted either a Building Notice or a Full Plans application and at least two days notice has been given of your intention to commence work (preferably in writing).

Either you or your builder should then notify Carlisle City Council at each of the stages listed below (where appropriate):-

Foundation excavations prior to concreting
Foundation concrete
Oversite (ground floor) prior to concreting
Damp proof course prior to covering
Foul water drainage prior to backfilling
Surface water drainage prior to backfilling
Drains test
First fix electrics
Occupation prior to completion
Completion of works

The Building Control Surveyor may also request notification at other stages of the work that is not specifically included within the Regulations e.g. roof timbers.

The above statutory framework for inspections is obviously not appropriate for all types of work, for example, in the case of loft conversions. After the commencement visit, inspections of the structural elements will normally be required prior to covering up.

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