Building regulation charges
The charges for building regulation work (PDF, 150kb) are established at a level to cover the cost of the service so the applicant only pays for the service they need.
Under the new Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 2010, there are two methods that the Bracknell Building Control Team may use to establish the charge for building work.
The majority of domestic extensions and alteration work will generally attract a charge which falls within our ‘standard charges’ tables. You do not have to pay for certain aspects of work carried out for the benefit of disabled persons.
The standard charges have been set on the following assumptions:
- that building work does not include high risk or innovative construction - these may require additional checking for compliance
- that the duration of the project from commencement to completion does not exceed 12 months
- that the building work will be undertaken by a person or company who is competent to carry out the relevant design and building work
If the charge for your building regulations work is not listed as a standard charge it will be individually determined.
Individually determined charges
Individually determined charges relate mainly to commercial projects or larger domestic schemes and include all other work that is not listed in our standard charge’ tables A to C. This includes:
- building work in relation to more than one building
- building work consisting of a domestic extension where the floor area exceeds 60m2
- applications subject to a reversion charge (work reverting from an approved inspector to the local authority)
- building work consisting of alterations to a domestic property where the estimated cost of work exceeds £100,000
- building work consisting of a non-exempt domestic garage or carport with a floor area in excess of 60m2
- non-domestic building work consisting of alterations, extensions or new build where the cost of work exceeds £100,000
- work consisting of the erection or conversion of five or more dwellings or where the floor area of a dwelling exceeds 500m2 - for all new housing schemes please contact us in the first instance for an individually determined quote
If you are carrying out repetitive unit/dwelling types, multiple extensions and or/multiple types of alterations we may be able to reduce the standard charge. Please contact us to find out if an individual assessment would result in a lower charge.
If your building work is defined as requiring an individually determined charge, please contact us at 01344 351106/351208 or use our enquiry form to send us a description of the work.
When charges are payable
The charges for building regulations are normally submitted in two stages:
- plan charge - this is paid at the point of application submission;
- inspection charge - you will be invoiced for this payment after the first relevant inspection has been carried out following the commencement of work on site.
Building notice charge
If you submit a building notice you must pay the charge at the time of submission - this covers all necessary checks and site inspections in relation to the work described in the notice.
The charge is calculated at 120 per cent of the applicable building notice charge. No VAT is payable on a regularisation charge.
We may agree to the payment of charges by instalments. The amount and timing of instalment payments must be agreed prior to the submission of a building notice, or the commencement of work in relation to a full plans submission. Plan charges cannot be paid by instalments.
When charges are not payable
Charges are not payable:
- for initial consultations and providing pre-application advice on meeting building regulation and related standards
- please note that where more extensive and detailed pre-application advice is required we may charge a discretionary fee based on our initial involvement - however any preliminary charge will be deducted from your full plan application fee when you are ready to submit your scheme
- where plans have been either approved or rejected for substantially the same work
- for work that solely benefits people with disabilities in relation to dwellings:
- provision or extension of a room to be used solely for carrying out medical treatment that cannot reasonably be carried out in any other room in the dwelling
- storage of medical equipment for the use of the disabled person
- sleeping accommodation for a carer where the disabled person requires 24-hour care
- buildings to which the public have access for purpose of providing means of access for disabled persons by way of entrance or exit to or from the building or any part of it; or for the provision of facilities designed to secure the greater health, safety and welfare of disabled persons
- we will need a certificate or letter from a health professional such as a doctor or occupational therapist
- for insertion of insulating material into an existing cavity wall where the work is certified to an approved standard
- for work that solely involves the replacement of existing windows or doors, or where the work is certified by installers registered under the FENSA, Gas Safe, Certass or BSI Competent Person Schemes
Please note that where more extensive and detailed pre-application advice is required, we may advise you if we need to charge a discretionary fee based on our initial involvement. However any preliminary charge will be deducted from your full plan application fee when you are ready to submit your scheme.
Please contact us for further information about the liability to pay charges on particular projects for people with disabilities.
All cheques should be made payable to Bracknell Forest Borough Council. We also accept credit and debit card payments are also accepted. Applications cannot be registered until the correct amount has been paid.
These notes are for guidance only and do not substitute for the full scheme which may be inspected at the Building Control office, The Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 2010 ‘Scheme for the Recovery of Building Regulation Charges’.
Estimated cost of work means an estimate accepted by the local authority as being a reasonable amount that would be charged by a person in business to carry out such work. This means that there is no reduction for DIY work. Estimates should exclude VAT and land acquisition costs, internal decoration costs, floor coverings and fittings (if not shown on the plans) and professional fees paid to architects, engineers or surveyors. Where subject to a quotation, please send us an elemental breakdown of costs if one is available.
Floor areas are measured internally.
Recovery of any charges against applications submitted prior to 1 October 2010 remain payable under the previous scheme of charges as shown on correspondence issued.
Electrical work and installations
Please note that the standard charges tables incorporate an additional charge column which applies only when notifiable electrical work is not carried out using an appropriately qualified Part P registered electrician. A Part P registered electrician is a qualified electrician who also has the necessary building regulations knowledge to enable his accreditation body to certify his work.
In order to recover our costs to verify the installation works, if anyone other than a competent person undertakes the electrical work (even if it was your intention to use a competent person at application stage) the additional Part P charge may be payable. Your electrician should be aware of the definition of notifiable work. In most cases this will not be applicable. Please contact us if you have any queries regarding when the additional charge will be payable.