Make a building regulations application

Please note that from 6 June 2016 we will no longer accept cash payments for Planning and Building Control applications and all other planning and building control related transactions.

What is the difference between a full plans application and a building notice?

Full plans application

A full plans application can be used for all types of building work. This procedure involves submitting detailed plans, specifications and, where needed, calculations to the Council.

The application will be checked for compliance with the Building Regulations. If the work complies an approval notice will be issued to you. If it does not comply you will be invited to amend or alter it to make it comply. Where you anticipate delay obtaining information we require, conditional approval may be granted.

You may at any time withdraw your application if you anticipate delay either amending plans or providing outstanding information.

Building notice

A building notice can only be used for the extension or alteration of existing houses. It is a formal written notice to the Council that you intend to carry out building work.

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 cannot be used if a proposed building or extension is over, or within 3m of a public sewer.

Building Regulation Charges

Calculate the fee for a building regulations application