When you apply for building control approval, you can choose the following types of applications:

  • Full Plan application
  • Building Notice application

You may also need to complete a regularisation application if an alteration or extension has been carried out without building regulations approval.

Once the work complies, we will be able to issue a certificate of regularisation.

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Full Plan applications

A full plan application allows you to have your detailed plans checked by our surveyors and approved as complying with building regulations.

A full plans application may be made for any type of building work and must always be used for commercial projects.

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With a full plans application you will get a set of approved plans to build from and be except from enforcement action as long as the work is carried out in accordance with those plans.

If the work is carried out in line with the approved plans and all the relevant inspections confirm that the work is of a satisfactory standard, you will get a Completion Certificate.

A full plans application needs to be accompanied by one copy of each drawing and a plan fee.

How long will my application take to process?

There is a statutory time limit of 5 weeks (extendable to 2 months with agreement) in which we must determine your submission, although our aim will always be to process your application as quickly as possible.

What if my application is unsuccessful?

Where the proposals are found to be unsatisfactory a Building Control Surveyor will contact you in order that the plans can be amended.

In certain circumstances there may be no alternative but to reject the plans (i.e. where the plans indicate a contravention of the regulations, or contain insufficient information for assessment purposes).

The plan fee

This is payable on submission of the application to the Building Control Office.

Icon for pdf Building Regulation scale of fees [764.29KB] can be downloaded here.

The inspection fee

This is payable when the work starts on site.

The person specified on the application form will be invoiced for this fee following commencement. The fee covers all inspections carried out during the course of the works.

If the work is solely for the benefit of a disabled person then you may be exempt from the payment of fees.

The works as described must be commenced within 3 years of the date of submission.

Icon for pdf Building Regulation scale of fees [764.29KB] can be downloaded here

Building Notice applications

If you are certain that you do not require formal approval of plans and no detailed plans are required, you have the option of choosing to submit a building notice.

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As plans are not formally approved, our surveyors will concentrate their checking of the regulations at site inspections. However, you don't have an approved plan to work to and there may be delays to your project if work is found not to comply or meet regulations.

A building notice application should be completed advising us of your intention to carry out building work and accompanied by the appropriate fee.

This type of application cannot be used for any works relating to commercial premises.

Why should I apply for a Building Notice?

The Building Notice is particularly suited to simple domestic schemes such as internal alterations and small extensions, and when the persons responsible for carrying out the action are familiar with the requirements of the regulations.

Plans and details may be requested in some situations, for example structural calculations for loft conversions, through rooms, but only when absolutely necessary.

With no plans used there is no detailed check of the work before it is carried out and therefore no official decision notice is issued.

Whilst the Building Control Surveyor will try to anticipate potential problems it is ultimately the responsibility of the person carrying out the work to ensure that the requirements of the regulations are satisfied.

When can I start the work?

Work can begin within 48 hours of the Building Notice being submitted.

The Building Notice fee

This is payable on submission of the application to the Building Control Office.

If the work is solely for the benefit of a disabled person then you may be exempt from the payment of fees.

The works as described must be commenced within 3 years of the date of submission. Works commenced after this period will be subject to a new application and fee being submitted.

Icon for pdf Building Regulation scale of fees [764.29KB] can be downloaded here.

Regularisation application

If an alteration or extension has been carried out without first seeking Building Regulation approval, a regularisation application may be submitted to "Regularise" the work carried out.

This means that you can apply to obtain retrospective approval for the completed work, however, this is only possible for work carried out after 11 November 1985.

Apply for a regularisation certificate   

Please ensure you provide a description of the work carried out.