Submit a Building Control Application
New or existing changes
If you are building something new or making changes to an existing building, you may need building regulation approval.
Regulations Approval helps you make sure the work meets health and safety, energy and accessibility standards. When the work is complete and has been inspected at all relevant stages, you will receive a compliance certificate.
You will need this when you want to sell your home or building.
You should contact Severn Trent Water 08457 500 500 before starting building work to check for public sewers that may affect your proposal.
You should also apply for building regulation approval for intended works. This means that work has not started.
If you have started your building work without applying, we may still be able to give you approval. You need to tell us straight away and request for Regularisation.
It is illegal not to tell us about your building work.
Please note our revised fee schedule dated the 1st of August 2019.
Submit a building control application
Completing this form should take around 20 minutes.Submit a building control application
Apply For Building Work You Have Not Started
You must notify us of your building work, either by submitting a 'building notice' or a 'full plans' application. You need to tell us at least two days before any work starts. Here's how:
A building notice application is for small projects, like alterations and extensions. You will not get formal approval as you do with full plans, but we will acknowledge your building notice.
A Building Notice is valid for 3 years from the date the notice was given to the local authority. After which it will automatically lapse if the building work has not commenced. On satisfactory completion of work, we will issue a completion certificate under the Building Notice procedures.
A Full Plans application can apply to any type of building work but must always be submitted for works on:
- A commercial building,
- Railway premises,
- Factories and hotels
This could be work to a building where the Regulatory Reforms (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies.
This application must include:
- Where necessary structural calculations
You will get a formal decision notice.
The details are checked to make sure they follow the guidance within the building regulations. Once the application is checked and found to be satisfactory, it will be approved. It will be valid for 3 years from the date the notice was given to the local authority.
If not a letter will be sent, advising what amendments and extra information are required to enable an approval to be issued. If no response is received or the revisions are not satisfactory we may have no alternative but reject the application.
Apply To Regularise Unauthorised Building Work
The Regularisation Application procedure allows the Council to formally consider works carried out and completed without the submission of a Full Plans or Building Notice application. This is also referred to as unauthorised work.
The Regularisation application is to ensure that the works are compliant with the relevant set of Building Regulations that were in operation when the work was in progress.
A Regularisation form must be submitted to the Building Control Service by the person who is legally responsible for the works.
The completed application must have:
- A description of the unauthorised work or works (including a current plan, existing plan and a specification for some types of works that have been done)
- The date these works were undertaken
- The use of the building
Once a Regularisation Application has been received, Building Control Services will arrange to survey the work. The Building Control Officer will assess compliance of the work with Building Regulations and advice of any necessary remedial work that needs to be carried out for a certificate to be issued.
Please download the regularisation pack.
Once a Regularisation Application has been received, Building Control Services will arrange to survey the work.
The Building Control Officer will assess compliance of the work with Building Regulations. We can advise of any necessary remedial work that needs to be carried out for a certificate to be issued.
Initial Notice Cancelations
Your Approved Inspector (AI) needs to issue a cancellation notice to us to proceed.
When we have received the cancellation notice you need to apply for a building notice application for the remainder of the work. This is based on the inspection notes from your AI.
These notes need to show what they have approved to justify the reduced fee. We will then tailor your fee for the project and issue a completion certificate. If these inspection notes are not with the application we may have to ask you to expose works to show compliance.
You should pursue your AI for the cost associated with these new applications and for uncovering work.
To make an application follow the link above.