Types of application
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 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.
Trail 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