Building control ensures that standards of buildings meet the needs to protect the health safety as determined by government regulations.
Building notices are used for small domestic alterations and cannot be submitted for non-domestic works or for works to communal areas of flats or be submitted for extensions that are over, or within 3m, of drainage controlled by Thames Water.
No formal decision is given on the submission of a building notice, so it is recommended that details of your proposal be provided prior to works starting on site so that a building control officer can assess and provide guidance.
A completion certificate will be provided when the building control officer has seen the work on-site completed and satisfactorily meets the regulations.
All fees must be paid with the submission of the building notice application and work must commence within three years of submission otherwise the application will be declared of no effect and the application will have to be resubmitted.
A full plans application can be provided for all types of work:
- for domestic work, two sets of plans must be provided with the application
- for non-domestic work, three sets of plans must be provided with the application
The plans submitted will be formally checked and a decision given as to compliance with the regulations, you can amend the plans after the initial check to ensure that the plans meet the regulations.
The decision process takes a maximum of five to eight weeks and is dependent upon the information provided and if there should be any requests for additional information:
- an application fee is required with the submission of the application; this is usually around 50% of the total cost of works
- the inspection fees will be charged after the first inspection of works
All work must commence within three years of submission otherwise, the application will be declared of no effect and the application will have to be resubmitted:
- should the plans be rejected, you can resubmit the plans at no additional cost in order to gain compliance
This application is used for works that have already been completed since November 1985 and can be used for all types of works on all types of building.
You should provide details of the works carried out in order for the building control officer to ensure compliance with the regulations has been met.
Plans showing the size, location and construction of works are required for extensions and loft conversions.
When the building control officer visits the site, they may ask for works to be opened up or exposed to show that compliance has been met, they may request additional works to be undertaken to meet compliance with the building regulations.
A regularisation charge is payable with the submission of the application.
Trial holes are required when building a first-floor extension on top of an existing structure and require the foundations to be checked to ensure that they adequate to take additional loading:
- a fee of £60.00 is required with the application to cover the cost of the inspection
- the fee paid will be transferred if an application of the extension is within three years of submitting the trial hole application
If you are planning to carry out demolition work greater than 50m3 in volume (some exemptions apply) you will need to notify us before you start under Section 80 of the Building Act 1984 (the Act). This volume is approximately the size of a 2 storey residential rear extension.
- an application form should be submitted to the council at least six weeks before the work is due to start
- demolition works should not start until either the 6 weeks have elapsed or we serve a Notice under Section 81 of the Act
Fees and charges
All prices shown are exclusive of VAT, please add VAT 20%, except in the case of regularisation charges.
- where estimate exceeds £5,000, for a quote telephone 020 8303 7777 and ask for building control
- for new dwellings and flat, commercial work, garage conversions or any other work not described in the fees table, for a quote telephone 020 8303 7777 and ask for building control
Building Control fees were adjusted from 15 January 2018, with the integration of some categories of work, which will simplify the fee determination process. The new structure more accurately reflects the process, and time taken on projects, for both the administrative and technical roles. This is reflected in service improvements with regard to plan checking and site inspections.