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Apply for building regulations approval

Certain building works that you do at home or at work will need to comply with minimal standards set down by law. For these works you'll need building regulations approval to show they meet these standards. You could be fined or required to pay to get the work re-done if non-compliant work is discovered

Before carrying out building work you or your agent must send in either:

  • a Full Plans submission, or
  • a Building Notice submission

A Full Plans submission

An application deposited under this procedure should contain plans and other information indicating all construction details, preferably well in advance of when work is to start on site.

We will check your plans and consult any appropriate authorities, for example fire and sewerage. We then complete the procedure by issuing you with a decision within five weeks or, if you agree, a maximum of two months from the date of deposit.

Alternatively you can download an application form and either post it or email it to the Building control team.

A Building Notice submission

Detailed plans are not required with this process so it's quicker and less detailed than the full plans application. It is designed to enable some types of building work to get underway quickly, although it is perhaps best suited to small work.

There are also specific exclusions in the regulations as to when building notices cannot be used. These are:

  • Commercial buildings
  • Flats
  • Work over or near a public sewer

Alternatively you can download an application form and either post it or email it to the Building control team.

Regularisation Applications (unauthorised building work)

Where works are carried out without Building Regulations approval being sought, the owner may be prosecuted.

However to make things easier for people who wish to have work approved, there is a process called Regularisation.

A regularisation application is a retrospective application relating to previously unauthorised works, that is works carried out without Building Regulations consent, started on or after the 11 November 1985.

The purpose of the process is to regularise the unauthorised works and obtain a certificate of regularisation. Depending on the circumstances, exposure, removal and/or rectification of works may be necessary to establish compliance with the Building Regulations.

Alternatively you can download an application form and either post it or email it to the Building control team.

Fees

It is important that the appropriate payment is included with your application, otherwise it may not be processed:

It is possible to submit your application to us electronically.  Please forward an application form, plans (if applicable) in an email to the Building control team; payment should be made online or if by cheque it should be made to Shepway District Council with the address of works written on the reverse.

Please note, that we are unable to accept cash or card payments at the Civic Centre.

Do I need building regulation approval?

Certain building works that you do at home or at work will need to comply with minimal standards set down by law. For these works you'll need building regulations approval to show they meet these standards

A completion certificate will be issued when all stages have been inspected and meet regulations. This is an important document, as it tells you that the work meets the minimum requirements of the building regulations. The certificate will be required if or when you come to sell your property, or if you raise a secured loan or mortgage against your property.

You could be fined or required to pay to get the work re-done if non-compliant work is discovered.

Note that building regulations approval is different from planning permission and you may need both.

When do I need approval?

Building regulations cover the construction and extension of buildings. You may also need approval for alterations such as:

  • electrical work
  • installing a bathroom
  • replacing windows and doors
  • replacing roof coverings
  • installing or replacing a heating system and boiler
  • putting in a fixed air-conditioning system

Common domestic projects

The following guide has been written to provide advice on projects such as extensions, loft conversions, garage conversions, domestic cellar conversions and other alterations.

Icon for pdf Extending Your Home [4.16MB]

Electrical works

Any electrical works should be carried out by a Part P registered competent electrician who will self-certify their work.

You can find a registered electrician in the Competent Persons Register

Planning Portal Interactive House 

Use the Planning Portal Interactive House to see if the works require building regulations approval, or contact us if you need any additional help.

Planning Portal Common Projects

The Planning Portal provides guides for many common household projects explaining if you'll need to make a building regulations application.

When you won't need approval

You don't need approval if the works are exempt or if you're using someone who is on the Competent Person Register to do the work.

You also don't need approval for most repairs, replacements, and maintenance work.

How much does it cost?

Download the current building control fees below.

For most full plans applications, payment is in two parts:

  1. submission charge - when you submit your application
  2. inspection charge - when we inspect your works

 Icon for pdf Building Control Fees [343.01KB]

    Get a quote

    Subject to request, an individually determined fee quotation can be provided for works not represented in the schedule.

    You can request a quote using the link to the form below. Initially you will be asked to create a MyAccount (if you don't already have one) which will enable you to track progress of your application.

    Full plans application

    Complete a full plans application for domestic and commercial works

    What information do I need to provide with my application?

    • contact details
    • location and description of the proposed work
    • payment reference number (the application form contains a link to the online payment utility)
    • copies of documents relating to your application

    What documents do I need to upload?

    You need to submit two copies of:

    • signed Icon for pdf full plans application form [333.95KB]
    • detailed specification of the proposed work
    • scaled plan (1:50) sections and elevations of the proposal
    • site location plan (1:1250) and block plan (1:500)
    • vertical section through building showing construction details
    • details of provision for drainage

    What file types can I upload?

    Please note that there is a 5MB size limit on all files that can be attached.

    Accepted files types are:

    • Images (jpeg, gif, png)
    • PDF
    • TIF

    Can I take pictures of my documents using my smart phone?

    Yes. If you take an image with your smart phone or tablet please ensure that documents are saved as one of the accepted file types above.

    What happens next?

    After you've submitted your application, we will assess your plans to make sure they comply with building regulations and raise any queries with you or your architect.

    We will let you know our decision within five weeks (extendable to two months on request).

    Building notice application

    Complete a building notice application for minor works

    A building notice cannot be submitted where
     a) you are building over or within 3m of a public sewer, or
    b) where a Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) 2005 Order applies

    How does it work?

    With a building notice, you don't need to get formal approval as with full plans, but you and your builder need to be competent in dealing with works that meet building regulations.

    You can start work two days after you submit your notice.

    What information do I need to provide with my application?

    • contact details
    • location and description of the proposed work
    • payment reference number (the application form contains a link to the online payment utility)
    • copies of documents relating to your application

    What documents do I need to upload?

    You need to submit:

    What file types can I upload?

    Please note that there is a 5MB size limit on all files that can be attached.

    Accepted files types are:

    • Images (jpeg, gif, png)
    • PDF
    • TIF

    Can I take pictures of my documents using my smart phone?

    Yes. If you take an image with your smart phone or tablet please ensure that documents are saved as one of the accepted file types above.

    Regularisation application

    Seek retrospective approval for works already undertaken

    What is regularisation?

    Regularisation is retrospective approval for work that has already been undertaken without consent. This is often picked up during the sale of a property when solicitors ask for a completion certificate.

    Your works may need to be uncovered for inspection if you apply for approval retrospectively.

    Many people find it hard to sell a house where works were done without approval. The most common projects done without approval are:

    • loft conversion
    • structural alterations eg removal of a chimney breast
    • re-roofing
    • electrical works

    Note that there is a possibility of legal action if a regularisation certificate is not obtained.

      What information do I need to provide with my application?

      • contact details
      • location and description of the work
      • payment reference number (the application form contains a link to the online payment utility)
      • copies of documents relating to your application

      What documents do I need to upload?

      You need to submit:

      • a completed regularisation application form
      • a plan of the works that were done and how the layout was before
      • any additional plans or details showing how you'll bring the works up to regulation standard

      What file types can I upload?

      Please note that there is a 5MB size limit on all files that can be attached.

      Accepted files types are:

      • Images (jpeg, gif, png)
      • PDF
      • TIF

      Can I take pictures of my documents using my smart phone?

      Yes. If you take an image with your smart phone or tablet please ensure that documents are saved as one of the accepted file types above.

       

      Will it be necessary to expose elements of the construction for inspection?

      In some cases, yes. 

      • Foundations and other elements may need to be inspected.
      • For loft conversions and other structural alterations it may be necessary to submit a structural report from a structural engineer.

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