Changes to Building Control Full Plans Decision Notices

From 17 September 2018 we are changing the content of our full plans decision notices. more »

Make a building regulations application

Make an application online

We welcome the submission of building regulation applications online via the Planning Portal or iApply. The Planning Portal and iApply will take you through the online submission process from selecting the appropriate forms and attaching documents to formally submitting the application and paying the application fee. 

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Make an application via the Planning Portal

Please note that the online fee calculator is not currently available. To calculate the fee payable please refer to Building Regulation Charges prior to submitting your application.

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Make an application via iApply

Other ways to apply

Applications can also be submitted on the editable application forms on the right hand side of this page.

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

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