A Building Regulation Full Plans application is where plans, detailed specifications, and if appropriate, structural calculations are submitted to the council. These are checked to make sure that they meet the regulation requirements and if necessary you will be asked to give more information or to alter the plans. Advice and assistance is available to help you meet the requirements of the regulations. When your submission is satisfactory formal approval is given. In many cases it is possible for us to issue a Conditional Approval, leaving some items to be dealt with at a later date. Again full advice and assistance is available. In rare circumstances plans cannot be approved and a Notice of Rejection will be issued detailing the items of non-compliance.
We will let you know of our decision within a maximum of five weeks (or two months if you request an extension of time to allow more information to be covered). When works on site start you can be sure that, provided you build in accordance with the approved plans, the works will comply with the Building Regulations. Naturally you can submit revised plans if you need to depart from your original proposals.
A Building Notice is a written notice that you intend to carry out building work and does not normally mean that you have to submit detailed drawings. More information may sometimes be requested by the Building Control Surveyor to ensure that your work is in line with the regulations.
A Building Notice is more appropriate for minor residential alterations and/or extensions. No formal approval of plans is given and the work is assessed mainly through site inspection. As no prior approval is given you must be confident that the work undertaken on site will comply or you risk having to correct it at the request of the council.
You may commence work 48 hours after giving the Building Notice, although you must tell the Building Control Officer when the work is being done to enable inspections to be carried out (please see the section - When does the council inspect works on site?).
N.B. A Building Notice cannot be used where the building is to be put to a designated use such as offices, shops, hotels, boarding houses or certain types of factory. Furthermore, the option to submit a Building Notice is not available for buildings, extensions or underpinning that will be within 3 metres of a public sewer.
N.B. A Full Plans approval or a Building Notice does not grant a Town Planning consent which is, as previously mentioned, an entirely separate process. It is always your responsibility to ensure that you have sought and obtained the correct consents. If you are uncertain about any procedures please do not hesitate to ask us.