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Make a Building Regulations application

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There are three different types of Building Regulations applications can be made:

Full Plans submission

A Notice of Approval under the Full Plans procedure will ensure that your plans meet the standards set down in the Building Regulations.

The Full Plans procedure must be used if the building work is in connection with a building that:

  • the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies to
  • is to be erected over a sewer
  • is situated in a private road.

This requires the submission of full constructional drawings, detailed and specification of the proposed scheme and accompanied with the appropriate plan charge. 

A Surveyor will carry out a detailed appraisal of the proposal within 3 weeks of receiving your applications.  You or your agent (if an agent has been appointed) will be contacted for any additional information, clarification or some other form of amendment an additional 5 weeks will be added to enable this be achieved(total time from submission being 8 weeks).  Once you or your agent has satisfactorily answered these queries, a formal Notice of Approval with or without conditions will be issued which will remain valid for three years from the date of deposit.  You are then safe in the knowledge that, providing you and your builder construct strictly in accordance with the plans, and any conditions on the Approval, the Regulations will be satisfied.  (it should be remembered however that the Regulations do no cover everything)

Building Notice submission

A building notice cannot be used if the building work is in connection with a building that:

  • The building is not used for a 'relevant use' and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 does not apply to the work you are planning to do.
  • The work does not involve the construction, extension or underpinning of a building, which is being built over or within 3 metres of a public sewer or disposal main.
  • The work, which includes the erection of a building, does not front on to a private street.

In these instances, a Full Plans application is required.

A Building Notice submission does not require the submission of plans, other than in the case of the erection or extension of a building where a block plan at a minimum scale of 1:1250 is required.  The authority may however require further details to be submitted during the construction process, if without them, they are unable to ensure compliance with the Regulations.

Once the Notice is received along with the correct fee and the details checked you will be issued with a Building Notice Acceptance.  You should not that this does not in any way indicate prior approval of your proposals.  Although, this process may appear advantageous, it has disadvantages:

  • You and/or your builder have no approved plans to work to.  Whilst the inspection Surveyor will endeavour to anticipate problems, delays and costly remedial works may be necessary if the work carried out does not comply with the Regulations.
  • You may find that without plans you and your builder have different ideas in respect of detail and general design issues outside of the Building Regulations.  Enforcement of any “contract” between you may prove difficult.
  • The “estimate” the builder gives you may prove inaccurate without the benefit of full design information.

Regularisation submission

This type of application is for when works are completed that needed a completion certificate the works need to be regularised.  This is only possible with work undertaken after 1985.  There is no need to submit plans and once submitted your surveyor will visit the property to ascertain the extent of the works completed and request to inspect certain elements of the construction.  Once these elements have been exposed for inspection and that your surveyor is satisfied they comply with the requirements in force at the time the works where carried out a Regularisation Certificate will be issued.  It should be noted that this could mean that remedial works may need to be carried out in order to achieve compliance.