Building control applications and requests

New building works

Full plans

To get formal approval before the work begins, you can submit a full plans application.

Full details covering all aspects of your proposals should be submitted for approval.

Once you have made a full plans submission you may submit a request building work inspection request 48 hours before the work starts.

In some cases we may need to consult the Fire Brigade to make sure that adequate fire precautions measures are provided.

When making a full plans application you should enclose the appropriate fee together with copies of the plans and if appropriate, structural calculations, giving full details of your proposals.

Where the building use is controlled by the Fire Safety Regulatory Reform Order 2005, an additional copy of plans showing fire precautions should be submitted.

If you or your agent disagree with our decision you have the right to appeal to the Department of Communities and Local Government.

The LABC has also provided some notes and a checklist (PDF) [88KB] for full plans applications.

Apply for building regulations approval online using either of the below online services:

If you need to submit your application physically, please print and complete the LABC full plans form.


Building notice 

This type of application is mainly intended for small scale domestic alterations.

You may submit a building notice application giving brief details of your proposal, with relevant plans.

Your application, fee and any block plan must all be submitted at least 48 hours before the work begins.

This procedure cannot be used for commercial premises which are subject to the Fire Safety Regulatory Reform Order 2005.

The LABC has also provided some notes and a checklist (PDF) [89KB] for buiding notice applications.

Apply for building regulations approval online using either of the below online services:

If you need to submit your application physically, please print and complete the LABC building notice form.


Regularisation

Where unauthorised building works have been carried out, it may be possible for you to make a retrospective application.

Where the works were started within the preceding 12 months, the application should be in the form of a full plans application.

Where the works were started before that time and on or after 11 November 1985, an application may be made for a regularisation certificate. You can apply for this certificate using the LABC regularisation form.

This should be accompanied by plans detailing the work carried out and the relevant fee.

In each case it is likely that parts of the works will need to be uncovered or exposed in order to check for compliance with the relevant sections of the regulations.

We will advise you further on this point and on any further works which may be required to secure compliance with the regulations following inspections of the works.

Once we are satisfied that the relevant regulations have been complied with we will issue you with a certificate.

The LABC has also provided some notes and a checklist (PDF) [75KB] for buiding notice applications, as well as some  relevant requirement information (PDF) [61KB] .


Unauthorised works

Report unauthorised development