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Types of Building Control applications

Find out more about the types of building control applications you can submit.

To submit any of the following applications, please go to submit a Building Control application.

Full Plans application

You can choose this method for any domestic building work as well as commercial, office and industrial developments.

For this application, you need to fill in two copies of our Full Plans form, our Charges form and submit it with detailed plans and specifications.  In the case of the erection or extension of a building, please provide a site location plan at a scale of not less than 1:1250.

Alternatively you may wish to submit your application electronically using our online submissions system.

Your plans must clearly show the proposed building or extension, with detailed structural information and calculations.  The plans must be to a recognised metric scale i.e. 1:50, 1:100, include all dimensions and clearly show construction details, ground and building levels and boundary distances.

We will check your application to make sure that it meets the minimum requirements of the Building Regulations.  We have a statutory five-week target to make a decision on your application from the date of deposit, although you can agree to extend this to two calendar months, which may provide you with more time in providing any further information which we may require.

If your application meets the Building Regulations, we will approve it.  If it doesn't meet the minimum requirements, we will send you or your agent a schedule of additional information required.   We will require amended plans clearly showing your amendments to be submitted to us at least 5 days prior to the decision due date.  If you wish to send your amendments electronically, please send them by email to using the address at the bottom of this page.

Where a conditional approval is given you can submit plans clearly showing your amendments to discharge those conditions.  The amendments must be returned at least 14 days prior to starting this part of the works.

You are required to give us notice of the commencement of work and at various stages of construction so we can carry out our site inspections.  Please refer to our  site inspections page for more details.

Building Notice

This method is ideally suited to minor domestic alterations and extensions, including replacement windows.

A Building Notice cannot be used for:

  • a new house fronting on to an unadopted road
  • any non domestic building work and common parts of residential accommodation for which the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies, or will apply after the completion of the building work
  • where the erection or extension of a building or work involving the underpinning of a building is either building over or within three metres of a public sewer.

Where this application is applicable, you need to fill in two copies of our Building Notice form, and a Charges form.

In making this application, you are giving us written notice that you intend to carry out building work.  You do not have to submit detailed drawings with this application, although in the case of the erection or extension of a building please provide a site location plan at a scale of not less than 1:1250.

However, we may require more information to make sure that your work is in accordance with the Building Regulations. For example, we may ask for structural calculations, thermal calculations, floor plans etc, although this information would also be useful on deposit of the application.

Alternatively you may wish to submit your application electronically using our online submissions system.

We do not issue formal approval of a Building Notice.  However, we do monitor the work mainly through a number of site inspections on request.  As we don't approve your plans before you carry out the work, it is your responsibility to ensure that the proposed building work meets the minimum requirements of the Building Regulations.  If we find elements that don't comply, you will need to rectify them.

You can start work two days after we have received the Building Notice.  You must let us know when the work is being carried out and at various stages of construction so we can carry out our site inspections.  Please refer to our  site inspections page for more details.

Unauthorised work (regularisation)

You can only apply for this certificate for work that has been carried out since 11 November 1985.

You will need to fill in the application form and submit it with copies of any plans, calculations, specifications that you may have.

Alternatively you may wish to submit your application electronically using our online submissions system.

The regularisation charge is equivalent to 150% of the net building notice charge.  Please note that no VAT is payable on an unauthorised work/regularisation application.

Following submission of your application, you should contact us to arrange site inspections.  Please refer to our site inspections page for more details.

Please be aware that you may be required to open up or expose certain elements of the work in order that we can assess compliance with the Building Regulations.

Remedial works may be required following our inspection(s).

Once we are satisfied that all of the works which have been applied for satisfy the minimum Building Regulation requirements applicable at the time of the construction, a regularisation certificate will be issued.