The world of designing, planing, bilding and maintenance of buildings is absolutely paralysed by the need to complty with building regulations. There are so many different aspects of ‘buildings’ that it takes a few hours working through massive lists of ‘helpful’ topics. For example, when I was wanting to check up something about local building regulations, one of the topics that caught my eye was ‘scaffolding’. In itself, this is not a particularly interesting or contentious subject, but once you look past the first sentence, it is quite involved and not one to be sniffed at if you’e planning any work above ceiling height! If it is deemed that the work you want to have done will require scaffolding, the regulations lay down that you must use a scoffolding contractor is is trained and competent. :You cannot and must not start work without engaging these contractors. The builder or scaffolding company has to get a licence for any scaffolding they put up on the highway . . . . and this includes all pavements. It’s the householder’s responsibility to ensure their selected, or allotted scaffolding company holds the legal documentation and even more importantly, that it is dated such that it will not expire during the course of the biuilding work. To engage a scaffolder, the council planning department holds lists of all registered and legal scaffolding contractors. .