How do I get building regulations approval?

If building regulation approval is needed an application must be deposited prior to starting work.

How to apply

There are two types of application:

Full plans applications

Please use the applications form below:

You can also download a pdf version of the application form:

PDF file downloadBuilding regulations full plans submission (PDF, 170kb)

Building notice applications

Please use the applications form below:

You can also download a pdf version of the application form:

PDF file downloadBuilding regulations building notice (PDF, 338kb)

Regularisation certificates

Where work has previously been carried out without submitting an application and gaining building regulations approval, you may be able to apply for a regularisation certificate:

PDF file downloadRegularisation application form (PDF, 253kb) 

If you would like advice please contact us.

Charges

Building control is a self-financing service. Legislation requires us to set charges to recover our costs. 

Building control charges

Planning permission

Please note that planning permission may be required before work can start on site. Please visit our planning pages for information about planning issues or contact customer services.

You may also find it useful to visit our pre-application planning advice page.

Work on site

When you have submitted an application and you are ready to start work you must notify us at various stages of the work. This will depend on what work is being carried out and will be detailed in the guidance notes you will receive with the acknowledgement letter.

The following are the usual stages of work that we inspect:

  • commencement of work
  • foundation excavations
  • foundation concrete
  • damp proof courses
  • oversite preparation
  • damp proof membranes
  • drains before covering
  • intermediate floor structures
  • roofs
  • major structural members ie, beams and columns
  • occupation
  • completion

In addition to the above, we will usually ask for pressure tests of all drainage, and tests of fire detection and alarm systems.

Book a site inspection

Please use our online booking form or contact us on 01344 352000. If you contact us by 10am we can usually call the same day.

Completion certificates

When work is complete we will issue a completion certificate free of charge. This certificate is required by solicitors as part of the house sale process to prove that the work complies with the building regulations.

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