Building Notice application guidance notes

Notes for guidance in completing a Building Notice application

  1. In respect of (a) a material change of use or (b) alterations to which the building regulations apply but which do not involve an extension, a notice is the only document that need be submitted.
  2. In respect of a new building or extension to a building, the building notice shall be accompanied by a plan to a scale of 1/1250 showing:
    a) the size and position of the building, or the building as extended, and its relationship to adjoining boundaries;
    b) the boundaries of the curtilage of the building, or the building as extended, and the size, position and use of every other building or proposed building within that curtilage;
    c) the width and position of any street on or within the boundaries of the curtilage of the building or the building as extended.
  3. Depending on the work, we may ask you to submit plans and/or calculations at a later stage.
  4. You do not get a formal approval notice like you do with full plans.
  5. A building notice is valid for three years, but work can begin 2 days after you have submitted your application.
  6. In respect of cavity filling in existing buildings, details should be submitted in respect of:
    a) the name and type of insulating material to be used;
    b) whether or not the insulating material is approved by the British Board of Agrément or conforms to a British Standard specification;
    c) whether or not the installer is a person who is subject of a British Standards Institution Certificate of Registration or has been approved by the British Board of Agrément for the insertion of that material.
  7. In respect of unvented hot water systems, details should be submitted in respect of:
    a) the name and type of system to be provided;
    b) whether or not the system is approved by the British Board of Agrément;
    c) whether or not the installer has been approved by the British Board of Agrément for the provision of that system.
  8. Prior to submitting a building notice in respect of a new building or extension to a building, the person giving the notice is strongly advised to check in the office of the Local Authority:
    a) the map of sewers to establish the line of any sewer affecting the work. Records of public sewers may be inspected at the Town Hall, Knowsley Street Bury BL9 0SW during normal office hours, and
    b) any Local Acts that may be relevant.
  9. New installations, rewires and adding new circuits to an existing installation:
    If the electrical contractor is a member of Competent Persons Self Certification Scheme (CPS) e.g. NICEIC or ECA, they must complete Installation Certificate (Form 1) BS 7671 (as amended). If the electrical contractor is not a member of a CPS, they must complete the Design and Construction parts of Installation Certificate (Form 2) BS 7671 (as amended) and the homeowner will need to arrange for an electrical contractor who is a member a CPS to inspect and test the installation to enable them to complete the Inspection and Testing part of the form. In both instances the electrical contractor is required to complete Form 3 Schedule of Inspection and Form 4 Schedule of Test Results.
  10. Additional sockets or lighting points to an existing installation in a kitchen or special location:
    If the electrical contractor is member of a CPS, they must complete the Minor Works Certificate (Form 5). Copies of the appropriate forms must be deposited with the authority at completion of the work; failure to do so will prevent the authority from issuing a completion certificate and may lead to enforcement action taken against the homeowner and/or the electrical contractor. Homeowners would be advised not to pay contractors until these electrical work certificates have been provided and the building work complies with the Building Regulations.
    The preferred route to approval is for any homeowner to use an electrical contractor who is registered under a Competent Persons Self Certification Scheme e.g. NICEIC or ECA. If when the work has been completed it is found that the electrical work has been carried out by a non-registered electrician then the work may need to be regularised. This could incurred a higher additional charge.
  11. Charges:
    Charges are paid on the basis of the application submitted. Applicants should note that when an estimate is submitted the charge payable will be based on this estimate assuming it is considered to be reasonable. If an applicant subsequently obtains a lower estimate no refund can be made. A Guidance Note on fees is available on request.
    Certain works for disabled persons are exempt from plan and inspection charges. In all cases the work must be solely for the benefit of a disabled person and written proof of disability provided.
    It is not possible to withdraw your application once it is has been registered. A decision will be issued as soon as possible after that time.
  12. The information given by you on this form is held and controlled by Bury Council. The information is held for the purpose of the council's functions under the Building Act 1984. The information provided may be disclosed to third parties who make legitimate enquires regarding the application of the Building Act 1984 to the building(s) concerned.

Persons proposing to carry out building work or make a material change of use of a building are reminded that permission may be required under the Town and Country Planning Acts. Please check using the Planning Portal or ring the planning help line on 0161 253 5432.

Further information or help concerning the submission of Building Control applications may be obtained from Building Control help line: 0161-253-5313 or by e-mail to building.control@bury.gov.uk.