Although a building notice form can only be used for domestic work it does offer a quick and sure way of observing the building regulation process without the frustration of delay. It is a procedural option that will not suit everybody but for those it does, it can prove a cost effective approach.
The advantages of using the building notice are:
- You can start work within 48 hours of depositing the notice.
- Generally, you are not required to provide detail drawings
- Saving on the cost of producing plans although they may still have to be produced for Planning Permission.
The disadvantages are:
- There is no formal notice of approval.
- You have to pay both plan and inspection fee together when depositing the building notice.
- Without the benefit of approved plans it may be difficult establishing what satisfies the building regulations.
- This is always the danger of carrying out work which will not comply and then having to pull it back.
- It can be difficult pricing the job when unsure as to what will comply with the building regulations.
At the end of the job, if the work has been carried out satisfactorily, a "completion certificate" will be issued. This confirms the work has received inspections from Building Control and that building regulations appear to have been met.
* Please note that a Building Notice can not be used if a proposed building or extension is over, or within 3m of a public sewer.