Under the Building Act 1984 it is possible for a third party Approved Inspector to carry out the building control function for controllable work. To do this they submit an Initial Notice to the Council.

This removes the Council from any obligation to control the work. Approval of the work becomes subject to the Approved Inspector's control.

Where the Approved Inspector is no longer able to carry out that function, for whatever reason, and the work has started, the Initial Notice will need to be cancelled. The work will then need to revert to your local authority building control team by making a reversion application.

Your local authority building control team is the only body allowed to retrospectively approve work. There is a prescribed form for the cancellation notice which can be found at the bottom of this page.

Failing to submit, without reasonable excuse, a cancellation notice, in the case of an Approved Inspector no longer being able to carry out their building control function, is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

Our guidance document will provide you with more detailed information about how to make a reversion application in our area. We will aim to work with you to ensure works can be approved and appropriate certification issued as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to submit a Reversion application online due to the bespoke nature of each application.

Please use the form below and email it to buildingcontrol@wirral.gov.uk or post it with all associated documentation, as outlined in the guidance document below.

How to contact us

If you need more help please contact us: 

  • email: buildingcontrol@wirral.gov.uk
  • phone: 0151 691 8454