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There are three different types of building regulations applications that can be made:
The Full Plans procedure must be used if the building work is in connection with a building that:
This requires the submission of full constructional drawings and a detailed specification of the proposed scheme, accompanied by 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 a maximum of 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 not cover everything).
A Building Notice cannot be used if the building work is in connection with a building that:
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 application 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:
This type of application is for when works have been completed without a valid building regulations application. 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.