Make a Building Control Application
Find information on applications, fees, notifications, site inspections and regularisation
What is the difference between planning permission and building regulations?
Planning seeks to guide the way our towns, cities and countryside develop.
Building regulations set standards for the design and construction of buildings.
- Minimum standards of construction
- Health and safety of people in or around buildings
- Energy conservation
- Access and facilities for disabled people
Before you do any work you must first check:
- That your building work falls within the scope of the building regulations. Please visit LABC and or the Planning Portal
- The Planning Portal - do you need planning permission?
What types of application are available?
Full plans application
This is normally the best choice for work that includes:
- New buildings
- Major structural alterations
- Loft conversions
The benefits of using the full plans option are:
- Advice will be given on the building regulations at the design stage of your project. This means your plans are more likely to be passed
- A detailed report will normally be sent to you within 15 working days after making an application
- A formal approval will be sent to you once the proposals are in agreement with the regulations
- Builders can work to approved drawings which reduces the risk of breaking the regulations and helping to avoid costly delays
Building notice application
This option is suitable for more minor or domestic work such as:
- Simple structural changes
- Drainage changes
- Garage conversions
- Underpinning work
- Installing a bathroom
- Re-roofing work
- Detached garages/outbuildings
- Installing a heating appliance and/or chimney flue
- Installing replacement windows/doors
- Electrical installations
The benefits of using a building notice application are:
- Drawings are not needed when making the application
Unapproved Works (Regularisation)
Please see our Unapproved Works (Regularisation) page for further details.
- Building near to un-mapped public sewers
- Preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls
- The Building Regulations explained
- Guide to extending your home
- Communities and local government website.
- Planning Portal - common building projects
- Planning Portal - guidance on ways to meet the building regulations - approved documents
Make an application
Apply for a full plans application
A fee for checking the plan must be paid at the time of application and and you will be invoiced for an inspection fee after the first site inspection.
Please note: You need to send us two copies of the completed printed form.
Apply for a building notice application
All charges must be paid at the time of application.
You must inform all your neighbours that work is taking place if the work includes:
- Working on a wall shared with your neighbour
- Building on the boundary with a neighbouring property
- Excavating/digging near a neighbouring property
Please see the requirements under the Party Wall Act for further information.
Please take a look at our full list of Building control fees.
Please note: An individual charge assessment may be required if a building proposal falls outside the standard charge categories.
VAT at the standard rate of 20% should be added to all charges.
Full plans applications require a plan check fee to be paid for on submission. A further fee will be invoiced for after the first site inspection has taken place.
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are still unsure what charges you need to pay. Provide full details of the proposed work.
The fee may not be required for building work that is for the benefit of a disabled person who is either currently, or soon to be, a permanent resident at the property.
This exemption can be applied where the work is solely to provide access/facilities for the disabled resident in an existing dwelling.
Evidence of disability will need to be supplied with the application. This may be a doctor’s note, evidence of Disability Living Allowance, copy of a Blue Badge or similar.
A completion certificate will be sent to you following a successful inspection, at the end of the works.
If you require a copy of an already issued completion certificate then please use our Planning and building control online document request form.
Please note: Our records are only retained for 15 years.