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When charges are not payable

Charges are not payable:

  • for initial consultations and providing pre-application advice on meeting building regulation and related standards
  • 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 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

Charges are also not payable for some 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

In order to confirm that the project is for a person with a disability, we will need a certificate or letter from a health professional such as a doctor or occupational therapist.

Please contact us for further information about the liability to pay charges on particular projects for people with disabilities.

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