Planning and Regulation Professional Organisations

Choosing a good planning or building agent

As an independent regulatory authority Planning Services at Woking Borough Council are unable to recommend architects, surveyors, engineers, builders or other tradesmen. However, if you are planning to have any building work carried out we would recommend that you give careful consideration to your choice of who you employ as part of the building process.

There are a number of professional institutions that regulate the building industry in the UK. Most now provide search directories on their websites that will help you to locate a suitable professional together with other forms of guidance and advice. Employing a properly accredited professional will also provide you with a mechanism through which to complain should you encounter any problems with the standard of service provided.

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For an individual to use the title "architect" he or she must be registered with the The Architects Registration Board (ARB). The Architects Registration Board is the body set up by Parliament as the independent UK regulator of architects. It is the body which maintains the Register of Architects which lists the name of every architect in the UK. Click on the image below to access the Register of Architects.

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RICS maintain a searchable web based Register of Chartered Surveyors. Surveyors must be members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Click on the image below to access the website.

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Builders and other tradesmen

The Government has set up the TrustMark scheme to help provide guaranteed standards and protection to customers. If a firm is TrustMark registered, it is working to a code of practice set down by an approved Scheme Operator and standards that give you greater confidence and protection. A list of TrustMark scheme operators can be found by clicking on the image below.

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Planning consultants

Click on the image below to access the online directory of planning consultants.