Building Regulation application (online)
Building Regulation approval
Which type of application?
If you are a non-domestic property than the only option you have is a 'full plans' application.
If you are a domestic property you have a choice of two application types you can submit either a 'full plans' or a 'building notice'. For more information please see: The right type of building regulations application for your work.
For any type of application we inspect the work at the start, the end and at various stages in between to make sure it meets building regulation standards. After you have submitted your application you must let us know when work starts and it is completed.
Fees for applications
There will be a submission fee for both types of applications and in some instances of full plans a site inspection fee to pay but only when the work has commenced on site. However to ensure the right submission fee is paid, after you have submitted your application you will received an e-mail from building control telling you what the correct fee is and how to pay it.
Full Plans application
This is the most thorough option and gives you the greatest protection. It's cheaper than submitting a building notice but you need to include detailed plans of the work you are doing. This includes a location plan of not less than 1:1250 scale, all detailed plans, sections and elevations, incorporating all necessary technical notes, supporting calculations and specifications. In some categories of work an invoice for the inspection work will be sent once the work is commenced on site.
The approval is valid for three years but work can begin as soon as two days after you have submitted your application. However, any work carried out before you have got formal approval must comply with building regulations or you risk having to correct it after we have inspected it.
Building Notice application
You only need a location plan to a scale of not less than 1:1250 to submit this type of application, not detailed plans. However you must feel confident that the works comply with building regulations or you risk having to correct it after we have inspected it. Also, depending on the work, we may ask you to submit plans and/or calculations at a later stage. Furthermore you do not get a formal approval notice like you do with full plans.
The building notice is valid for three years, but work can begin as soon as two day after you have submitted your application.
Replacement Window application
This application may be used to notify the Council of your intention to install replacement windows and certain doors. However if your contractor is registered with the FENSA or other self-certifications schemes, that contractor may certify that the work complies with the relevant regulations and you will not need to notify the Council.
It is brought to your attention that planning permission may also be required for the proposed work. Please check using the Planning Portal or ring the planning help line on 0161 253 5432.