How to apply for Building Regulations approval

If you wish to apply for Building Regulations approval, this page will give you advice on how to go about it. Find out how to make an application and how it is assessed.

Submission of the application

You need to apply to Building Control in the local council and include:

  • completed application form
  • fee
  • two copies of location map and detailed site plan 
  • two copies of construction plans and technical specification 

To find the council's Building Control office in your area, go to: 

Assessing your proposal

The plans are assessed for compliance with Building Regulations and any required revisions notified to the agent who may then send amended plans.

When these are received and all details are satisfactory your plans can be approved. The Approval Certificate and one set of approved plans will be returned.

Beginning work and site inspections

When an application has been made with the fee, the builder may start work. But you need to contact the Building Control office. They'll arrange for  a Building Control surveyor to visit and inspect the site. 

There is a legal obligation on any person causing works to be carried out to advise the Building Control department at various stages so that inspections may be undertaken. Building Control will carry out any other inspections when necessary.

If the builder begins work before the approval of the plans, they're working at their own risk.

After the first inspection has been carried out, the full inspection fee is due. District councils can agree payment by instalment.

If you or your agent wish to talk to a Building Control surveyor about your scheme before submitting it for assessment, contact the Building Control office where you will lodge your plans.


When the works are satisfactorily completed, notified to the council and all fees paid, Building Control will issue a Completion Certificate to the applicant.

The Completion Certificate and the plan Approval Certificate are important legal documents. You should keep these in a safe place perhaps with the property's deeds.  Without these documents, it may be difficult to secure finance or sell your house.

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