Partner Authority Scheme
Our partner authority scheme is shared by all local authority building control teams in England and Wales. Customers can choose to work with any local authority building control surveyor to undertake all pre-application and design work, regardless of the project's geographical location; in some circumstances and where travel permits, that same surveyor can undertake their site surveying work too.
The Partner Authority Scheme (PAS) is our key tool in retaining and winning back customers that work across local authority boundaries and want a single LABC account manager and building control service provider for a consistent interpretation of the Building Regulations and a seamless route through the building control process.
PAS builds a relationship with customers and wins repeat business. It also:
- Keeps work within the LABC network
- Generates incremental income and wins back customers from Approved Inspectors
- Demonstrates to elected members that local authorities are able to obtain major projects and compete with the private sector
- Maintains and increases market share
- Helps staff and career development by ensuring a continuing variety of work to support both experienced and developing building control surveyors.
The scope of the LABC PAS has been clarified and extended to incorporate cross boundary working where there is agreement from the host authority. We hope that this, combined with a blanket professional indemnity policy provided by LABC as part of the annual membership subscriptions, will negate the need for local authorities to seek Approved Inspector status.
Cross boundary working will allow local authority building control teams to be more competitive by offering a more flexible and robust service, being able to draw on the resources of other members in terms of plan-checking, site inspection and specialist knowledge such as fire and structural engineering, training and enforcement; however LABC’s suggested default position would always be to maintain site inspection services with the host authority unless the appointee has real concerns about the level of service in that area.
If you are working across local authority boundaries under a PAS project, have agreement from the Host Authority and wish to be covered by the LABC Professional Indemnity Insurance, complete this form to provide us with details of the project. Here is the LABC PAS Cross Boundary Working Agreement that you can use when agreeing cross-boundary working on Partner Authority Schemes. LABC doesn’t require a copy of this form but we recommend that it’s kept with the application paperwork.
LABC has produced a range of marketing material for the Partner Authority Scheme. These are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Companies or people registered under the LABC PAS scheme will be eligible to use the PAS logo on all their marketing materials – the logo will be sent to registered partners by LABC upon registration.
Master list of PAS partners
As the PAS database contains commercially sensitive information, the master list of PAS registrations will no longer be published on the LABC website. If you require a list of your authority’s partner clients or wish to query the status of a specific PAS client please contact email@example.com.
How to add a new partner or amend an existing record
New partners can be added by completing this online application form.
It’s important that we keep all data up to date. If you wish to amend an existing record please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your partner client and the required amendments.
Disagreements between local authorities should be resolved swiftly by peers within the local authority building control network to minimise disruption to Partner Companies and protect the integrity of the LABC Partner Authority Scheme and local authority building control. The most important factor is to undertake any dispute negotiation quickly, decisively and wherever possible, without the involvement or knowledge of the client.
If you wish to discuss a dispute, or potential dispute, between local authorities please contact:- David Ewing on 07850 3076 01 or email@example.com or Lorna Stimpson on 07525 967 226 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Partner Authority Scheme is administered within LABC by Cathal Brennan. For general PAS enquiries please contact him on 020 7091 6865 or email@example.com