Submit a building control application

You may apply for building regulation consent yourself or engage someone else, for example an architect or a builder as your agent.

Types of application

If your building work is subject to the building regulations the following options are available from the Building Control section:

  1. The deposit of Full Plans
  2. The giving of a Building Notice*

*except where the building work is covered under the Regulatory Reform - Fire Safety Order 2005 or the work is over or adjacent (within 3m) of a Public Sewer.

If you have already carried out the work then you will need to apply for a retrospective building control application - this is known as a Regularisation application. It is advisable to speak with your area surveyor prior to submitting this type of application.

There are some types of building work that are exempt from building control. If the building work you are planning is exempt then you will not have to submit a building regulation application but should consider completing the exempt building guidance form (number 6) in order for the work to be entered onto your property history. If you are unsure always check with us for confirmation.

Submit a plan online

The online plan submission service is available for all types of application.

The system is unable to accept electronic payments at present.

To pay for an application you make online please telephone us to make a credit card payment or use our separate online payments system.

Full plans application

Location plans

Most building control applications for the erection or extension of a building require a location plan or a site plan (also known as a block plan), to be submitted as a supporting document. You can buy your plan from ReQuestaPlan, the preferred mapping partner of the Planning Portal (other plan purchase sites are available).

We must pass or reject a full plans application within 5 weeks or 2 months if you are in agreement to this extension of time (see the last paragraph on Full Plans application form).

We may either issue an approval, an approval with conditions or rejection.

You must also be in agreement to us passing the plans with conditions (see the last paragraph of the full plans application form).

We can reject the plans on the following grounds

  • They show a contravention of the regulations
  • They are incomplete or large sections fail to show compliance with the regulations
  • We are not satisfied a new dwelling is to be provided with a sufficient supply of wholesome water for domestic purposes ( Section 25 of The Building Act 1984)
  • They fail to show compliance with the relevant local acts

Please note:

  • If you do receive a rejection notice we are able to resubmit your application at any time free of charge provided the scheme remains substantially the same
  • You are still able to continue with your proposal on a rejection notice but it would be advisable to liaise with your area surveyor on what constituted the rejection

What do I need to include in my full plans application?

  • Completed Full Plans application form
  • Cheque for appropriate charge or online payment reference number
  • Location plan of site indicating position of a new dwelling or extension
  • 2 x copies of drawings (4 x for commercial work) - these should show all the constructional details/sections/elevation of your proposal
  • Specification
  • Any other associated document to support your application ie structural calculations, heat loss calculations

Please note that it is advisable that the application is submitted to us in advance of your intended commencement on site.

Please remember to inform you Area Surveyor two days before you start any work.

Building notice application

Location plans

Most building control applications for the erection or extension of a building require a location plan or a site plan (also known as a block plan), to be submitted as a supporting document. You can buy your plan from ReQuestaPlan, the preferred mapping partner of the Planning Portal (other plan purchase sites are available).

There is no requirement within the building regulations for us to pass or reject a building notice application.

Consequently the protection of having had your plans passed is not available to you should you wish to seek a determination from the Secretary of State if there is any disagreement.

However if we feel extra information may be needed in order for your proposal to show compliance with the building regulations then you must provide it.

Please note there are some circumstances where we cannot allow you to serve a building notice application. If on submission this arises we will contact you to rectify the situation.

What do I need to include in my building notice application?

  • Completed Building Notice form
  • Cheque for appropriate charge or online payment reference number
  • Location plan of site indicating position of a new dwelling or extension
  • No detailed plans are needed but we can request further details if required
  • Any other associated document to support your application ie structural calculations, heat loss calculations
  • Building notices are well suited to simple jobs such as installing a new bathroom or central heating system. They should be used with care for more complex projects, such as rooms in the roof.

Please note that there is no obligation on the local authority to issue a Completion Certificate when the building notice procedure is used.

Please remember to inform your Area Surveyor two days before you start any work.

Regularisation application

It's not uncommon for building work to be undertaken without first gaining building regulation approval. Where this happens, problems often arise when it is time to sell your property. In some cases we are able to issue a regularisation certificate to resolve such difficulties.

The regularisation procedure allows us to consider giving approval to work after it is completed.

This power does not replace the enforcement powers already available to us and does not provide a short cut for people who failed to follow the correct procedure.

It is important to note that you as an owner are under no obligation to make an application for a Regularisation Certificate; equally, we are under no obligation to accept it. An application for a certificate can relate only to completed work.

Please consult us prior to making an application to find out what information is required and the fee that will be charged.

However, in order to assess whether compliance with building regulations has been achieved, we can ask you to 'open up' work which assumes a reasonable level of co-operation between yourself and Building Control.

An application for a Regularisation Certificate can only be made where

  • the work commenced after 11 November 1985
  • the work came within the scope of Regulations, and
  • no application was made at the time  

Before a certificate can be issued we must be reasonably satisfied that the works conform to the building regulations and that there is no risk to the health and safety of persons in or around the property.

We may then:

  • say whether additional works are required to meet building regulation standards, or
  • issue a certificate indicating that the unauthorised works are as far as can be ascertained compliant with the building regulations.

Important note: It may not be possible to provide a Regularisation Certificate for electrical works carried out by a non-registered Part P Electrical Installer (this includes any electrical works or electrical alterations carried out in conjunction with building works).

Exempt buildings and works

Listed below are common structures exempted from building control. However, please note that other categories of buildings e.g. agricultural buildings may also be exempt from the Building Regulations.

Please contact our helpline on 01832 742139 for further details.

The following categories of building do not require consent under the building regulations and may be erected without obtaining building regulation approval.

Conservatories and porches that have:

  • no more than 30m2 in floor area; and,
  • at least three quarters of the roof area and half of the wall area made of translucent materials; and,
  • an external quality door separating conservatory from dwelling;and,
  • safety glazing fitted where appropriate (see guidance note 6 for locations).

Carports/covered ways that are:

  • open on at least two sides and not exceeding 30m 2 floor area.

Garages, sheds and greenhouses that are:

  • detached with a floor area less than 15m 2 built of any construction; or,
  • detached, with a floor area not exceeding 30m2, and sited at least 1 metre from the boundary of the property; or,
  • detached, with a floor area not exceeding 30m2, within 1 metre of the boundary of the property, but constructed of substantially non-combustible materials.

Please note: None of the above should contain sleeping accommodation.

What does substantially non-combustible material mean?

You may use any combination of the following construction for the roof and wall of the garage.

Roofs

  • Pitched or flat roof of non-combustible sheets on steel trusses.
  • Pitched or flat roof of tiles/slates on timber rafters and purlins or trusses.
  • Flat roof or deck with built up felt finish.

Walls

  • Pre-cast concrete slabs
  • Brickwork
  • Blockwork
  • Non-combustible sheets on a steel frame

If the building work you are planning is exempt then you will not have to submit a building regulation application but should consider completing the exempt building guidance form in order for the work to be entered onto your property history. If you are unsure always check with us for confirmation.