About Cornwall Building Control

Cornwall Building Control Ltd is an established Approved Inspector operating throughout Cornwall via their office based at Long Rock near Penzance.

Cornwall Building Control Ltd was formed in 2012 by Jason Pearce and Paul Read formally of Cornwall Council to provide the Building Control service for both domestic and commercial projects as an alternative to the function provided by the Local Authority.

Cornwall Building Control Ltd was established with the sole aim of providing an accessible client-focused service for the benefit of the designer, client and contractor with a dedicated qualified surveyor assigned to each project from commencement through to completion.


Residential Building Control
Commercial Building Control
Medical Facilities Building Control

What is Building Control?

All building work carried out should meet current building codes and regulation requirements. Our Building Control Service ensures that buildings are designed and constructed in accordance with the building regulations and associated legislation.

If you are carrying out building work, it is very important that you understand how the building regulatory system and material applies to your situation as you are responsible for making sure that the work complies with the building regulations.

If you are the owner of the building, it is ultimately you who may be served with an enforcement notice if the work does not comply with the regulations.

Some kinds of building projects are exempt from regulations, however generally if you are planning to carry out ‘building work’ as defined in regulation 3 of the building regulations, then it must comply with the building regulations. This means that the regulations will probably apply if you want to:

  • Put up a new building
  • Extend or alter an existing one
  • Provide services and/or fittings in a building such as washing and sanitary facilities, hot water cylinders, foul water and rainwater drainage, replacement windows, and fuel-burning appliances of any type.

The works themselves must meet the relevant technical requirements in the building regulations and they must not make other fabric, services and fittings less compliant than they were before – or dangerous. For example, the provision of replacement double-glazing must not make compliance worse in relation to means of escape, air supply for combustion appliances and their flues and ventilation for health.

They may also apply to certain changes of use of an existing building. This is because the change of use may result in the building as a whole no longer complying with the requirements which will apply to its new type of use, and so having to be upgraded to meet additional requirements specified in the regulations for which building work may also be required.

  • The erection or extension of a building
  • The installation or extension of a service or fitting which is controlled under the regulations
  • An alteration project involving work which will temporarily or permanently affect the ongoing compliance of the building, service or fitting with the requirements relating to structure, fire, or access to and use of buildings
  • The insertion of insulation into a cavity wall
  • The underpinning of the foundations of a building
  • Work affecting the thermal elements, energy status or energy performance of a building.

Meet The Team

Paul Read – Director / Surveyor

Paul Read MRICS is a Chartered Surveyor with nearly 25 years Building Control experience gained through a career which includes employment in both the public and private sectors where he has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge of construction methods and the cost-effective application of the Building Control function.

Paul is a Director of Cornwall Building Control Ltd and is the Surveyor responsible for the West Cornwall Area. Paul was educated at Cornwall and Exeter Colleges and became a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2001.

Paul has worked as a Building Control Surveyor for Penwith District Council, Carrick District Council, and The Council of The Isles of Scilly, Cornwall Council and Complete Building Control Ltd.

Paul also has private sector experience and was previously employed as a Building Surveyor for Stratton & Holborow.

Leo Kirkman – Building Surveyor

Leo Kirkman has been with Cornwall building Control since January 2018 and so is a relative new-comer to the company.

Leo has come to building control from the construction side of the industry and has 18 years experience of hands-on site work under his belt, mainly as a carpenter but also being involved in site/project management and has completed several complex builds during this time.

He has also gained experience in the field of planning, listed building and building control applications to the local authority with several years of successful applications behind him. This experience also includes the use of CAD software and site surveying.

Leo has recently become a full member of CABE (Chartered Association of Building Engineers).

Previous work experience is varied including a spell as a fully qualified climbing tree-surgeon.

Outside of work Leo is interested in the local live music scene, traveling –  with a bit of village cricket thrown in for good measure.

Jason Pearce – Director / Surveyor

Jason Pearce MCABE has been in Building Control for nearly 27 years.

Jason’s career has included Building Control Surveyor positions at Kerrier District Council, Carrick District Council, Penwith District, Council Cornwall Council and also a consultant position with Complete Building Control ltd.

In 2012 Jason formed Cornwall Building Control Ltd with Paul Read and now operates as an Independent Approved Inspector. Jason is a Director of Cornwall Building Control Ltd and is jointly responsible for the Central and Eastern areas of Cornwall.

Jason was educated at St Ives Comprehensive School, Cornwall and Exeter Colleges and is a member of CABE (Chartered Association of Building Engineers)

Outside of work Jason is a keen badminton player and tries very hard to play golf.

Jason can also be found regularly sampling the many fine restaurants and pubs in and around St Ives and is partial to the odd pasty.

Penny Stevens – Support & Administration

Penny joined Cornwall building control in 2013 and has helped oversee the growth of the business ensuring all administration and support duties are covered. She helps ensure clients enquiries are dealt with quickly and efficiently.

Penny previously worked for Cornwall Council for over 10 years in a similar role.

Penny enjoys baking and dog walking in her spare time. She can also be found at the gym keeping fit.

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