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Advantages and disadvantages of the full plan route

Advantages

The advantages of the full plan route are:

  • the design is fully checked to ensure that the finished job can comply with the building regulations
  • you can be confident that, provided you build to the plans that we pass, your works can satisfy the requirements of the regulations
  • you will be issued with a formal decision notice
  • it may save you money and secure a better quality project with a higher degree of first time compliance with the regulations
  • competent designers and building contractors tend to prefer the process because of its thoroughness
  • for larger projects you only pay the initial plan fee which may only be approximately a third of the total charge with your application - the remainder is deferred and will be collected after work starts

Disadvantages

The main disadvantage of the full plans process is that it tends to be more time consuming than the building notice process.

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