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Apply for building regulations

Once you are sure that you need Building Regulations you can think about submitting your application.

Types of applications

Full plans

This type of application is for when you have architects or surveyors plans drawn up and you would like to obtain an approval certificate for the design. We would recommend that this type of application is used for the more complex jobs such as two-storey extensions and loft conversions.

Building notice

A building notice can be used for most types of domestic work but we would recommend that it is not used if the project is complex or involves lots of structural work such as a loft conversion or a two-storey extension.


This type of application is for where the work has already taken place or has already started and either a building notice or full plans application have not been submitted to us. You can submit a regularisation application for any work that was undertaken without permission as far back as 11 November 1985.


We aim to provide an excellent service that represents great value for money. You can find out the cost of an application by completing our general enquiries form or by calling us on 0300 123 7027.

General enquiry

Building control general enquiry


You can apply using the submit a plan website.

Submit a plan

What happens next?

Once you have submitted and paid for your application, it will be allocated to one of our surveyors. If you have submitted plans, our surveyor will check them thoroughly to make sure that the designer’s proposals comply with the latest Building Regulations.

We will then send your designer an approval certificate for the plans which they should pass on to you. The approval certificate may also have conditions attached to it, you should make sure that you provide your builder with a copy of these conditions before the work begins.

When you are ready to start work you will need to notify us. If you have already informed us and you want to book an inspection you will need to request an inspection using our form.

Notification of starting workRequest an inspection

What happens when I have completed my project?

When all inspections have taken place and our surveyors are satisfied that your project is compliant with Building Regulations you will receive a completion certificate.

It is important to realise that the completion certificate isn't a guarantee or warranty that your building work complies with the building regulations. The certificate is an important document and should be kept safe. If you ever sell your property it will be required by the purchaser’s solicitor.