Council officers visit and review dwellings that are being built or altered to gather evidence, in order to make the right decision.
The council considers a property to have reached a stage of substantial completion when:
- The basic structure is complete (for example all external walls and roof in place)
- Internal walls are built (but may not be plastered)
- Floors laid (although the screed or top coat of concrete need not have been laid)
- Internal stairs installed (this can be a temporary staircase)
Many properties may have reached an advanced level of completion, for example: ceilings are in place, walls have been plastered and second fixing may have commenced. In these circumstances the amount of time allowed in the notice for full completion of the property may be quite short.
In order to be considered and ready for banding, the following work does not need to have been carried out:
- Internal decoration of the property, including the fitting of internal doors
- Final fitting of bathroom and kitchen units
- Final fitting of electrical fixtures, plug points and switches
- Final connection of water, gas and electricity (although services should be laid on to the site)
The criteria for completion for Council Tax purposes are different to that for completion for Building Control - it is not relevant if building control certificates have been issued or not.
A completion notice may be served up to three months before the day that the council specifies a property is complete. The important date is the date that the council specifies as the date of completion.