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Construction Industry Council upholds complaint against an Approved Inspector

14th November 2012

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority were dissatisfied with the way in which an Approved Inspector dealt with a building control submission which required them to consult with the Fire Authority. All Approved Inspectors are required to have a formal complaints procedure as detailed in the Building Control Performance Standards published by the Communities & Local Government, (CLG). The Approved Inspector in this case was JHAI Limited, a Corporate Approved Inspector licensed by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) to give certified Building Regulations Approval.

An initial complaint was made by officers of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service using JHAI Limited’s internal complaints procedure, without, in the view of the Fire Authority, achieving a satisfactory outcome.

Consequently, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority submitted a formal complaint concerning the conduct of an Approved Inspector ,JHAI Limited, to the Registrar at the Construction Industry Council. The complaint regarding the conduct of the Approved Inspector was upheld by the Construction Industry Council after being considered under their code of conduct for Approved Inspectors and disciplinary procedures.

As a result the Construction Industry Council has published the following on their website;-

"Sanction of Corporate Approved Inspector JHAI Limited

Published 18 October 2012
To be removed 17 October 2013

A disciplinary hearing was held on 3 October 2012 following a complaint against JHAI Ltd from North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service in relation to the property known as Flats 1-9, The Tannary, Buckrose Court, Malton, North Yorkshire.

The Disciplinary Panel decided that there had been a very serious breach and the appropriate sanction was a very severe reprimand. In accordance with clause no. 4.1.4. of the Code of Conduct for Approved Inspectors this sanction will be published on the CIC website for 12 months.

The Disciplinary Panel was pleased to learn that JHAI had implemented changes to their procedures since the date of the complaint. The Disciplinary Panel considered that in order to assure CIC that the reported procedural improvements have been made and are effective, an audit of these should take place within the next six months.

This sanction does not prevent JHAI Ltd from continuing to practice as an Approved Inspector."

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