Building Regulations Uncovered – Part 2

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Building Regulations Uncovered – Part 2

Following on from part 1…..

How to apply?

There are two options when submitting an application for building works, a full plan or a building notice application.

Both of these applications types need to be submitted before you start work and the associated fees payable directly to the local authority or an approved inspector.

The building notice is intended for minor works only, everything else is submitted under full building plans.

What do I need to submit for a full plans application?

A full plans applications is checked in detail and a formal decision notice issued, so you undertake building work with the confidence that it complies with the regulation.

You will be required to submit:-

  • The completed application form along with the appropriate fee.
  • Copy of the detailed drawings of the proposed works.
  • Copy of the site location showing the proposal, site boundaries and position of public sewers.
  • Copy of plans and specifications to accompany the drawings along with structural details and calculations.

How long does an application remain valid for?

Building regulations applications remain valid for 3 years after the date of submission and the regulations that apply during the whole period are those at the time of the submission.

Once the work has started however, there is no time limit for completing works.

How soon can work start?

You can legally start work two days after submitting a building regulations application. If you have made a full plans submission, bear in mind that the local authority will not have had opportunity to review the drawings and advise any issues that arise.

You can usually expect a response within two weeks of confirmation of all of the information.

Notifying Building Control

Following commencement, there are certain stages in building work that require inspections these are:-

  • Excavations for foundations.
  • Concreted foundations.
  • Damp-proof course.
  • Oversite protection.
  • Drainage.
  • Floor joists, roof timbers, beams and their bearings.

Should all be inspected before they are covered up to avoid any inconveniences later on.

You can request an inspection by telephone, email or in writing. A sufficient amount of notice will be required to allow the inspector to schedule their visit.

After the final inspections, an approval certificate or letter will be issues and approval recorded.

Steven Moyse
Steven Moyse
My name is Steven Moyse and I own Home Planning SW, I am a professional architectural designer who has 6 years experience in construction drawing and during that time I have had hundreds of successful applications. Since I began, my local area of Bristol has improved and benefited from many of my projects.

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