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Apply for Building Regulation Approval

Before starting any building work to your property you should check if you require a building regulations application. Most work will require an application which you must submit before starting any work. For more information refer to our application advice page.

How to apply

For full plans applications, building notice applications and regularisation applications you can apply using the online form below. You can upload plans (if relevant) and make payment by debit or credit card.

You can also apply by contacting the Building Control team or by posting the paper application forms to us. You can also download the guidance notes for your application.

Full plans or building notice?

The differences between the Full Plans type of approval and the Building Notice process are listed below:

Full Plans Approval  Building Notice (cannot be used for buildings with a 'relevant use' for example a workplace)
Detailed drawings, specifications and calculations are approved to building regulation standards Drawings are not approved, no matter how detailed
In most cases, professional advice is necessary to prepare the required fully detailed information Limited details initially required although further details may be necessary as works proceed
Commencement possible after 48 hours notice, although works are at the applicant's own risk until the plans are approved Commencement is possible 48 hours after the notice is registered
The planning fee is payable upon deposit of the place, the inspection fee is due on the first site inspection The full fee is required with the Notice at the time of submission
Further information is only required if works on site vary from the approved plans Further information might be required at any time to justify the works on site
Notice is required at various stages of the works to enable the key stages to be inspected Notices also required at key stages. However, more emphasis is placed on discussions during site visits
Approved drawings give the applicant reassurance that the works on site comply with the regulations, and the drawings provide a sound basis for estimating purposes The builder must be capable of constructing the works to the required standards without detailed (approved) drawings, the possibility arises for unforeseen extras to arise during the project
Recommended for the majority of cases, particularly complex and large projects and loft conversions Recommended for projects of a minor (domestic) nature, cannot be used for work on designated buildings, for example, those requiring a fire certificate (offices and shops)
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Last updated 18 June 2020
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