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Building control - application forms and fees

Anyone intending to carry out building work which is subject to the Building Regulations is required by law to make sure it complies with the regulations. This can be done by making a Building Regulation application.

Applications for building work in both Southampton and Eastleigh geographic areas may be submitted.

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.

Please note: A variation to the fee schedules is due from Tuesday 1 April 2014.

Types of applications

1. Full Plans application

To make a Full Plans application, 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 15 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.

2. Building Notice application

The Building Notice procedure 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.

3. Regularisation application

A Regularisation application 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.

Submit a plan

Download building regulation application forms and fees information via the links at the bottom of the page.

Alternatively, submit your application to us electronically via the submit-a-plan website.

Submit-a-plan is:

- Simple to use
- Free of charge
- Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week
- Involves no printing or postage of plans

For further information or advice please follow the links provided or contact the Building Control section using the details provided at the bottom of the page.

Related links

Other websites
Submit-a-plan Website

Contact information