Once you know a building control application is required you can decide on the type of application you want to submit:
Full plans application
To make this type of building control application, complete the full plans/building notice application form.
These applications must be accompanied by detailed plans of the proposal that allow a full assessment to be made:
- 1 copy of the proposed plans for domestic applications
- 2 copies of the proposed plans for commercial applications
Please ensure each plan has a unique reference number or identifier.
If the plans comply with the 'Building Regulations Approved Documents' an approval (often with conditions) can be issued. The requisite notice will be sent to you, along with a site inspection notification plan giving details of key inspection stages that we will need to be notified about so that an inspection can be arranged.
Getting full plans approval leaves much less to chance on site and gives you the opportunity to obtain a more accurate estimate from a builder.
Application fees are payable in two parts. You pay for the plans to be checked when you submit the application and later you pay an inspection fee when works start. For schemes not inspected for 5 years or more, there is a new charge.
Contact Building Control for details of fees and charges.
Building notice application
To make this type of building control application complete the full plans/building notice application form.
The full fee is payable when the application is submitted; contact Building Control for details of fees and charges.
This is a simplified procedure for smaller, less complex domestic work, such as removing a load bearing wall or installing a ground floor toilet.
A building notice application does not require plans to be submitted and work can begin 48 hours after the form and fee have been deposited with us.
You'll receive an acceptance letter which also includes a site inspection notification plan, giving details of key inspection stages that we'll need to be notified about, so that an inspection can be arranged.
The risk with this type of application is that the absence of an approved plan, checked by a Building Control Officer, can lead to mistakes being made that are not identified until an officer visits the site.