To make your experience of submitting a building regulation application easier we encourage applicants to submit applications electronically. If you would like to submit electronically you have 2 options available.
Alternatively you can use our own on-line building notice and full plans forms below
Before making your application on line please ensure that you are aware of our fees and charges.
You can either make a Building Notice application or you can make a Full Plans application.
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This is simpler than submitting full plans, but you can only use this method for domestic properties. Follow these steps:
It is a good idea to use a Building Notice where the proposed work is not too extensive or complex, but beware – complex or unusual designs such as loft conversions often require additional information such as detailed design drawings and structural engineer’s calculations – any delay in supplying this information can slow the progress of work and we strongly recommend that all design solutions are agreed before work begins.
With the Building Notice procedure, the building work will be inspected as it proceeds. You will be advised by the Building Control Surveyor if, at any stage, the work is found not to comply with the Regulations. However, if we need any further information about your proposal either before you start or during building, we’ll ask you for details. You must feel confident that the work will comply with the Regulations – if it doesn’t, we may ask you to correct it.
This method of notification (full plans) can be used for all types of building. If you use this method you should follow these steps:
For a Full Plans application, you need to have plans produced, showing all constructional details, preferably well before you begin building. We will check the application thoroughly, and we may ask for amendments to the plans before we give approval. We may add conditions to an approval, with your written agreement.
For any work that is taking place near a boundary or neighbouring property, view the Building work near boundaries and neighbours page.
Building notice application (Opens in a new window)
Submit a plan (opens in new window)
Full plans application (Opens in a new window)
We also take telephone applications.
Please call us to discuss on: 01874 612290
They may also apply to certain changes of use of an existing building, or if your work could have implications for an adjacent property. Please contact us before you start any building work, so that we can decide whether the Regulations apply.
You can also use the Planning Portal's Interactive House to see if you need building regulations approval.
If you intend to use a Competent Person Scheme for works such as: electrics, boilers and windows, you do not need to make a Building Regulation application to us.
A Full Plans application involves a two-stage payment, one payment when you submit your plans (Plan Charge) and the other following the first site inspection (Inspection Charge).
For a Building Notice application, the full charge is payable when you give the Notice.
For a Regularisation the cost will be 140% of the Building Notice fee excluding VAT.
Instead of our advertised fees, you can ask us for a quotation. Please contact us using the number on this page.
You are required to tell us when the works have finished so that we can undertake a final inspection and issue a completion certificate.
We recommend that your Building Control Surveyor carries out a Final Inspection before the contractor leaves the site and before you finalise payment for the project.
For final inspections carried out six months after the works were completed, an additional charge may be incurred.
If a replacement Building Regulations Completion certificate is required you should contact Building Control. A fee of £35 will be payable and can be taken over the phone. The replacement certificate can then either be posted or emailed to you and/or your solicitor.
You don’t have to wait for the plans to be passed before you start work, however, having them passed gives you some protection against unnecessary costs. After you have given us a Building Notice or sent us plans you can start work provided you contact us and arrange for a surveyor to inspect. Information may be requested to justify certain items (e.g. structural calculations for timber beams and steelwork).
If you proceed with the work without having notified us you may be asked to open the works up so that the Building Control surveyor can check whether it complies with the Regulations. Our Building Control surveyor will work closely with your contractor to ensure your project runs smoothly, on time and in compliance with the Building Regulations.
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