How to apply for Building Regulations approval

Building Regulations are technical standards covering most construction work in homes. The regulations apply to energy usage, accessibility and health and safety. You must tell the council in your area about building work you want to do. They'll inspect and approve building work that meets their standards.

Sending your application

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

  • a completed application form
  • fee
  • two copies of the location map and a 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

Building Control assesses your plans to check these meet Building Regulations. If you need to revise the plans, the council will tell you or your agent the changes you need to make.

When the council gets your revised plans and these are satisfactory, they'll give you:

  • an Approval Certificate
  • one set of approved plans

Building Control 

If you want to talk to a Building Control surveyor before your send them your building plans, contact the Building Control office.

Beginning work and site inspections

When you apply for approval and pay the fee, the builder can start work. But you need to contact the Building Control office. They'll arrange for a surveyor to visit and inspect the site. 

Ifyou're doing building work in stages, you must tell the Building Control office each time. They'll need to inspect the work. 

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

After the first inspection, you need to pay the full fee. District councils can agree payment by instalment.

Completion Certificate

The council will give you a Building Regulation Completion Certificate when:

  • Building Control have inspected the works
  • you pay the fees

The Completion Certificate and the plan Approval Certificate are legal documents. You should keep these with your property's deeds.  It may be difficult to sell your house without these documents.

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