Where building regulations are applicable to your building works you have two options available, either 'full plans' or 'building notice' applications, either of which can be applied for online. If you're unsure about which type of application is most appropriate, please take a look at our explanation of the two application types on this page.
If you'd like to apply for building regulations and avoid form filling, please ring our business support team on 01743 258710 to make a phone application. We can help you with the fees, and you can pay by card during the phone call.
Full plans applications
This involves the submission of detailed plans and other relevant information, which is then checked to ensure compliance with the building regulations. If satisfactory, an approval notice is issued.
Where the proposals are found to be unsatisfactory a building control surveyor will contact you in writing in order that the plans can be amended. In certain circumstances there may be no alternative but to reject the plans (ie where the plans indicate a contravention of the regulations, or contain insufficient information for assessment purposes).
Advantages of a full plans application
- As long as the construction work follows the approved plans, it will meet the regulations
- Financial institutions, solicitors and surveyors may request a copy of the full plans approval if you apply for an additional home loan or if you move house
Visit the LABC 'Your building project' page for more information on full plans applications
Building notice applications
The building notice allows for building work to be undertaken without the submission of detailed plans. It's commonly used when the type of building work is straightforward, and the people responsible for the construction have a reasonable knowledge of the regulations.
A building control surveyor may request further information, such as structural design calculations or construction details. The work will be inspected as it proceeds, but you won't receive any official decision notice confirming that the proposals have been passed.
Advantages of a building notice application
- You can save time and money by not having to prepare and submit detailed plans
Visit the LABC 'Your building project' page for more information on full plans applications.
If you've already carried out work without obtaining permission (and the work was carried out after November 1985) you can apply retrospectively for a regularisation certificate. You may have to expose certain areas of work to establish compliance with regulations in force at the time the work was carried out.
There is a charge for this equivalent to the relevant charge for carrying out the same work today plus a further 80%. However, there is no VAT payable. There are some areas that we may exclude from the certificate because it's impossible to determine adequacy (eg floor slabs) without substantial damage.
For any additional help you need with your building control application, please don't hesitate to get in touch using the contact details on this page.
Before embarking on a building regulations application, you may wish to familiarise yourself with the regulations themselves and what they're for.
Visit the Planning Portal for further information on planning permission, as opposed to building regulations.