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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Building control and planning

Building Control

Building regulation applications can still be submitted via the usual channels. Plans will be checked, and approvals issued in the usual way.

To arrange or discuss site inspections, contact the Building Control team on 0191 424 7436.

Site inspections will be carried out, while observing government advice around social distancing. We would appreciate your understanding and co-operation to allow us to carry out site visits in this way.

Dangerous structure reports will be dealt with as usual.

Planning

Planning applications can be submitted via the usual channels. Applications will be dealt with in the usual way although timescales may be slightly longer.

Please check the upcoming committee timetable to see when the next committee will be and note that the current situation may mean that meetings have to be cancelled or postponed.

Critical site inspections will be carried out, while observing government advice around social distancing. We would appreciate your understanding and co-operation to allow us to carry out site visits in this way.

Planning applications can be submitted and viewed online, see planning applications. If you are visiting us in person, please check our opening times before setting off to view or submit an application.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Government has temporarily removed the legal requirement for Councils to hold meetings in person. The Council intends to hold its planning committee meetings virtually, which affects the council's Speaking Rights Protocol.

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