Types of application
During the current issues around Covid-19 the Planning and Building Control Service will be having to adapt the service it can provide.
Making a Full Plans Submission
To make a full plans submission you will need to prepare, or have prepared, detailed plans of your proposals drawn to a recognisable scale such as 1:100, 1:50, 1:25, 1:20.
Detailed plans will need to include any necessary sections, plan views and elevations to clearly show the proposed building work and its effect on any existing buildings (in the case of extensions to existing buildings).
You will also need a site plan to a scale of not less than 1:1250 indicating the size and position of the building, or building as extended, in relation to its boundaries/curtilage, adjacent buildings and adjoining streets.
In the case of a Full Plans application you will also need to give details of the materials that you intended to use in the carrying out of your project.
Structural calculations may be required to justify certain components of your development (such as in a loft conversion or work not within the scope of Approved Document A).
The appropriate application form should be completed and submitted with two copies of your plans and supporting details, and a copy of the site plan.
The relevant plan charge will need to accompany your application (see separate guidance).
Once we have received your application it will go through a validation process to ensure the relevant documents and charges have been submitted.
The application will then be registered and acknowledged.
A Building Control Surveyor will then check your submission for compliance with the Building Regulations, Approved Documents and other supporting documentation; we aim to do this within three weeks of you submitting your application.
If the Building Control Surveyor requires further information or identifies contraventions of the regulations you or your agent will be informed and given the opportunity to amend the plans prior to a formal decision being taken.
If the submission shows compliance with the Building Regulations a formal notice of passing of Building Plans will be issued, this will be sent to you or your agent.
If the application does not show compliance, and is not amended to show compliance, within the statutory period (5 weeks from the deposit date or 2 months if you have agreed an extension of the period) a formal notice of rejection of Building Plans has to be issued.
If you agree, a conditional notice of passing of Building Plans can be issued specifying modifications to the plans or requiring the deposit of further plans or information.
If we receive amended plans after a formal notice of rejection of Building Plans has been issued, your application will be checked and given further consideration. There are no further plan charges payable to us for this process providing the project has not changed substantially.
You are entitled to commence building work once you have deposited an application with us but should notify the Building Control Section of your intention to start work.
We recommend you do not start work until your plans have been approved. This is to prevent the possibility of having to correct work which may not comply with the Building Regulations, causing you additional expense and wasted time.
Depositing a Building Notice
This procedure does not involve the passing or rejecting of plans. It enables building work to get underway quickly.
A Building Notice cannot be used if the proposed building work:-
1. Relates to a building to which the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies or will apply after completion of the work or,
2. The work is over or close to (within 3m of the centreline of the pipe) rainwater or foul drains or sewers shown on the Water Utility Companies 'map of sewers'.
A Building Notice should only be used for building work in respect of minor domestic works and where the work is not over or close to (within 3m of the centreline of the pipe of an Anglian Water Sewer shown on the Water Utility Companies 'map of sewers'.
In the case of the erection or extension of a building you will need a plan to a scale of not less than 1:1250 indicating the size and position of the building, or building as extended in relation to its boundaries/curtilage, adjacent buildings and adjoining streets. This plan should also show details of the existing and any proposed drainage. The Building Notice application form will need to be fully completed and submitted with your plan, where appropriate, together with the Building Notice Charge (see separate guidance).
You should deposit the notice with us at least two days before you intend to commence the work. Once we have received your notice it will go through a validation process to ensure the relevant documents and charges have been deposited. The application will then be registered and acknowledged. A Building Control Surveyor will check your application to ensure the correct information has been deposited in support of the Building Notice. We aim to do this within three working days of receiving your notice. If additional information is required, the Building Control Surveyor will write to you advising of the additional information required. You should be aware that, because there is no approved plan to work to, the Building Control Surveyor will only be able to identify work which is not in accordance with the Building Regulations whilst carrying out site inspections during the construction process. We will inform you (or your site operatives) of any contraventions of Building Regulations identified on site verbally and confirm this in writing. This will enable you to arrange for remedial works, to be put in hand, to correct any work in contravention. A completion certificate will be issued upon satisfactory completion of the building work.
Making an electronic submission
Submit-a-Plan enables anyone, with access to the web, to submit Building Control applications electronically to local authorities across the country free of charge.
Five Main Benefits
1. Free of Charge to use.
2. Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
3. No printing or postage required.
4. To register and submit applications is simple.
5. Application progress can be tracked online.
View and complete the relevant forms below and send them to the address that is stated on the form
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Application Forms (PDF format)
Full Plans application form
Building Notice application form
Regularisation application form
Partner Authority application form
Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) Energy Performance Certificate( EPC) Water Efficiency Calculation (WEC) Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) application form
Last updated: 25/03/2020 14:20:37