Eyles Di Paola Architects | Building Regulations Applications
Eyles Di Paola Architects | Building Regulations

Building Regulations Applications

Compliance with the requirements of the Building Regulations is assessed by the approval body which can either be the local authority Building Control Department or a Private Approved Inspector.

Building Regulations applications are made direct to the approval body (local authority Building Control Department or a Private Approved Inspector).

A Building Regulations application usually consists of a form providing information on the project, and detailed Building Regulations drawings with details demonstrating how the construction meets with the requirements of the Building Regulations.

The Building Regulations application fee is paid to the approval body.

Types of Building Regulations applications

There are three main types of Building Regulations application:

  • Building Notice applications
  • Full Plans applications
  • Regularisation applications

Assessment of Building Regulations applications

Compliance with the requirements of the Building Regulations is assessed in the first place by the inspection of drawings and details by the approval body (not for Building Notice applications).

The approval body then makes periodic site inspections as the building works progress. The purpose of the site inspections is to ensure that the building works are carried-out in accordance with the drawings and details submitted.

The building inspector will “sign-off” the works at key stages and may make suggestions and recommendations during site inspections.

Completion Certificate

Within 8-weeks of the completion of the building works (provided that the works have been carried-out in accordance with the drawings and details submitted and each stage has been “signed-off” by the approved inspector) the approval body will issue a Building Regulations Completion Certificate.

Building Notice Applications

Building Notice applications are the most common type of application for smaller projects. They allow an earlier start on site than other types of application.

A Building Notice application is made direct to the approval body (local authority Building Control Department or a Private Approved Inspector). This includes an application form providing details of the project, and usually drawings, structural calculations and any other details required to demonstrate the proposed works. The Building Regulations application fee is paid to the approval body.

Under a Building Notice application, the drawings are not formally inspected and signed off by the approval body although where structural calculations are submitted, these will usually be checked and confirmed.

Work on site can start within 48 hours of the submission of (and payment for) a Building Notice application.

Compliance with the requirements of the Building Regulations is assessed by the approval body during periodic site inspections as the building works progress. The purpose of the site inspections is to ensure that the building works are carried-out in accordance with the drawings and details submitted. The building inspector will “sign-off” the works at key stages and may make suggestions and recommendations during site inspections.

Within 8-weeks of the completion of the building works (provided that the works have been carried-out in accordance with the drawings and details submitted and each stage has been “signed-off” by the approved inspector) the approval body will issue a Building Regulations Completion Certificate.

Full Plans Building Regulations applications

Full Plans Building Regulations applications are generally used for larger more complex projects or for projects where a Building Notice application is not permitted (e.g. projects involving non-residential buildings, listed buildings etc.).

A Full Plans Building Regulations application is a two-part application:

Completion Certificate

The first part of the application is the submission, inspection and approval of the Building Regulations drawings and details (plans inspection). The inspection and approval process for the plans generally takes around 5-weeks.

Site inspections

The second part of the application is where the approval body make periodic site inspections (site inspection). This stage generally commences when the Plans have been inspected and approved.

Regularisation applications

Where works are carried out without Building Regulations approval being sought the building owner may be prosecuted. To facilitate 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 (i.e. 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.

It is advisable to contact your local authority Building Control department to discuss your individual circumstances before submitting a regularisation application.

Building Regulations fees

Building Regulation fees are set by the approval body (local authority Building Control Department or a Private Approved Inspector). Fees are generally payable on submission of an application.

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