Apply for building regulations approval

If you intend to carry out building work which is subject to the Building Regulations. You are required by law to make sure it complies with the regulations.

Submit-a-plan website: Easiest way to make an application, as it is done entirely online

To pay your application charge online:

  1. Send your plans via the Submitaplan website
  2. We will check your plans and confirm the charge in an email
  3. To pay online simply wait for our email confirming your charge and ‘click’ on the link provided to make your payment

Your payment will be automatically linked to your application which will then be registered and processed.

Fees (April 2014) for building control

Details of the types of application are available below. Depending upon the scale and type of work involved you may have the option of following one of three different procedures available for making a Building Regulations Application.

Types of application

Full Plans application form: a detailed set of plans need to be drawn to scale. They must also show full construction details and contain a specification detailing how the regulations will be met. The plans will then be thoroughly checked by a surveyor within 10 working days who will highlight any amendments required. A formal decision on the application will be issued within five weeks or two months as appropriate.

Building Notice application form: lends itself to works of a relatively straightforward nature and should be used by persons who are familiar with the requirements of the regulations.   If you choose this option detailed plans are generally not required. A greater emphasis is placed on the site inspection process. However plans and details can be requested during the course of the work if the work is complex for example where a room in the roof is proposed.

Any building work relating to commercial buildings and containing a `work place ‘cannot be submitted under a Building Notice application, a Full Plans application is required. Where building work, including new buildings, extensions and underpinning, is proposed over a public sewer shown on the `Map of Sewers` a Full Plans application must be made not a Building Notice.

Regularisation application form: is a retrospective application relating to previously unauthorised works i.e. works carried out without Building Regulations consent, started on or after the 11 November 1985. The purpose of this process is to regularise the unauthorised works and provide independent certification of the work. Depending on the circumstances, the work may need to be opened up and rectification of works may be necessary to ensure compliance with the Building Regulations.

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