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There are a number of ways of making a Building Regulation application. You could:

  • Deposit a Full Plans application
  • Submit a Building Notice
  • Submit a Regularisation application
  • Use a Competent Person (this depends on the work involved).

Submitting or depositing an application is defined by both the Building Act 1984 and the Building Regulations 2010. The legislation sets strict time limits and procedures which the both you and the council must follow.

Full Plans application

This should not to be confused with a Planning application which is something different.

You must give us full plans showing the extent of the work, together with a specification of all the materials to be used.

This will include floor plans, elevations and sections to a recogniseable scale. There should also be a technical specification covering all of the work, detailing compliance with the Building Regulations. 

Once you have completed your drawings, you can make the application via Submit-a-Plan (Our online submission system).

When you send us your application you must include:

  • Two copies of the plans (for work to homes only) or four copies (all other projects)
  • A completed and signed Full Plans application form
  • A site plan
  • The relevant application fee (we can take payment over the phone)

When you make an application the details, including any plans, may be uploaded to our online 'public access' system. We will of course exclude any personal data, such as signatures.

Building Notice

A Building Notice is a simpler form of application comprising an application form, Building Notice fee, and a site plan.

Please make the application using Submit-a-Plan, our online application portal.

When you send us your application you must include:

  • Relevent information such as structural calculations
  • A site plan
  • The relevant application fee (we can take payment over the phone)

We strongly recommend you only use Building Notices for relatively simple work, not for large or complex extensions, loft conversions, new dwellings etc.

You cannot legally submit a Building Notice if these apply:

  • The building work (extension or new build) is within 3m or 5m (depends on size and depth of pipe) of a sewer shown on the water companies map of public sewers. This is because we have to formally consult with Severn Trent Water
  • The building is subject to the Fire Safety Regulatory Reform Order - e.g. commercial premises, common parts of flats such as stairwells, access corridors etc
  • The erection of a new dwelling which fronts a private street.

However, where the work is relatively minor, we can relax the legislation provided the request is made in writing before the application is made. 

The law allows us to request plans or further information, so we may ask for these if the work involves a large extension (greater than 40m2 in total floor area), and loft conversions. Where we have relaxed the requirement to submit a Full Plans application for commercial projects, a plan showing compliance with Part B (Means of escape in case of fire) must be provided. 

When you make an application the details, including any plans, may be uploaded to our online 'public access' system. We will of course exclude any personal data, such as signatures.

Regularisation

This is a form of retrospective application so you will only need to regularise work where it has already taken place, or substantially started. 

Please complete the Regularisation form on Submit-a-Plan (Our online submission system).You will need to send us:

  • A completed Regularisation form
  • Any associated plans and specifications
  • Regularisation fee (we can take payment over the phone)

When you have received our acknowledgment letter you should arrange for us to inspect the work. Where work has been covered up, you will need to expose parts of the project so that we can establish if you have met the requirements of the Building Regulations. 

The law currently requires us to charge 20% more for this type of application - but no VAT is payable.

Competent Person schemes

Certain work such as electrical alterations, installation of gas, solid fuel, or oil appliances, ventilation systems, etc - can be self-certified by a competent person.

That person must be regeistered on one of the many Government-approved schemes. A full list of the current schemes can be found at https://www.gov.uk/building-regulations-competent-person-schemes

You can use a competent person either simply for the work they are authorised to carry out, or as part of a large scheme (such as the installation of a gas appliance in an extension).

While there is no legal obligation to use a competent person (except work on a gas system must be undertaken by a Gas Safe registered plumber), we strongly advise you only appoint people or orgainsations that are registered - especially where the work relates to Part P (Electrical Safety). You should also ensure that they register your project.

Public Sewers

The prescence of a public sewers affects all types of application.

To minimise delay and inconvenience it is good practice to check with Severn Trent Water before submitting or depositing an application.

You can contact Severn Trent Water Ltd direct on 0116 234 3834, or we hold paper copies of Severn Trent Water's sewer maps which you can come in and look at for free (Severn Trent Water Ltd will not allow us to copy any of the data).

To view the maps please speak to our customer services team on 01530 454545.

Find out more about public sewers and who is responsible.

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