JHAI announced that as of 1st October 2023 they have merged with Stroma to become the “powerhouse for Building Control”.

About Stroma

Stroma Building Control is positioned as one of the largest Approved Inspectors that prides itself on the expertise and experience of its over 100 Building Control Surveyors. This collective knowledge is designed to navigate the complexities and challenges of Building Regulations. The service offered by Stroma Building Control aims to be professional and supportive. The goal is to simplify the process of complying with Building Regulations, providing assistance to clients throughout the project—from start to finish.

Stroma Building Control operates with various local offices in England, offering services throughout both England and Wales. This comprehensive coverage enables them to cater to a wide range of residential and commercial clients. The years of experience and the positive reputation Stroma Building Control has garnered in building control have positioned it as one of the leading Approved Inspectors.

Clients can expect a service that not only meets the regulatory requirements but also aims to streamline the process, providing guidance and support at every stage of a project.

In addition to the merger, the Government has published amendments to the Building Regulations 2010, which will apply to all applications for building control consent from 1 October 2023.


What has changed?

Changes in building regulations will affect building control applications. Here’s a breakdown of the key points:

  1. New Compliance Declaration Form: Customers are now required to complete a compliance declaration form for FirePro sign-off. This form needs to be submitted along with every Stroma building control application form.
  2. Stroma as the New Building Control Company: JHAI has merged with Stroma, and Stroma will be the new building control company for sign-off purposes.
  3. Sign-Off Fee: The sign-off fee of £150.00 plus VAT remains unchanged, and the process for sign-off remains the same.
  4. Amendments to Building Regulations 2010: The government has published amendments to the Building Regulations 2010. These amendments will apply to all building control consent applications from October 1, 2023.
  5. New Legal Responsibilities (Effective October 1, 2023): Clients, Designers, and Contractors now have new legal responsibilities. It is crucial for them to follow these legal procedures to ensure their building control applications are considered.
  6. Guidance for Identifying Responsibilities: The provided guidance is designed to help individuals identify their new responsibilities as Clients, Designers, or Contractors. Failure to follow the prescribed procedures for their role may result in application rejection or reverting to local council control, requiring the same information.

It is recommended that customers review and understand these changes thoroughly to ensure compliance with the updated regulations and procedures for building control applications.


Who can install and certify a fire rated oil tank?

Technicians within Competent Persons Schemes such as the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) can fit and certify a fire protected oil tank without prior approval from building control. In addition, Tuffa partnered with Stroma and developed a simple 4-step process that means Stroma can self-certify fire protected oil tank installations, often remotely. Check out the process below:

Step 1: Complete the Stroma application form and send to them directly. This must be submitted a minimum of 7 days before works commence on site.

Step 2: Provide any images or additional information as required.

Step 3: Once the tank is installed, email the final installation photos and Compliance Declaration Form to Stroma.

Step 4: Pay the £150.00 plus VAT sign-off fee and wait for the certification direct from Stroma.

Find out more in our Expert Guide to Fire Rated Tanks.