Apply for building regulations approval:

Proposed building work

Full Plans and Building Notice are ways of applying for proposed building work.

Regularisation is permission for Building Work which has been carried out without consent since November 1985.

Reversion is for works controlled by an Approved Inspector, who is no longer able to carry out his function.

Full plans

This is the more formal method and requires the submission of constructional drawings.

If the drawings comply with the legislation, an Approval Notice will be issued, which is valid for three years.

The client or agent will be contacted if any non-compliance issues are evident.

This method is often favoured when lenders require proof of approval prior to releasing monies. Fire designated buildings (Most offices, cinemas etc) must use this method.

The decision takes the form of Full Approval, Conditional Approval or Rejection.

Conditional Approval means that the work can take place, subject to certain conditions imposed by the council.

We are legally bound to decide on an application within set time limits - either five weeks or two months depending on the nature of the application.

Please bear in mind that we must make a decision within these time limits and we often are forced to reject an application if the issues raised with you or your agent are not replied to within the required time.

Don't forget to allow time for us to check your replies!

Having got your plans approved you will be in a better position to allow for a builder to quote for the work.

These approved plans will be valid for three years - if the work is not carried out within this time they will be revoked and a re-submission needed. The re-submission will have to comply with the then current regulations.

Works will then be inspected on site. Variations will be allowed, provided they meet with the regulations.

Building notice

A process whereby the person carrying out the work serves a notice to the Council giving minimal detail.

The notice will describe the works, show its location, drainage details and state overall dimensions.

The onus is then on the person to build in accordance with the current regulations.

This process lacks the full plans formal approval with the applicant being responsible for complying with the regulations as work progresses. (more onerous - but not so for a builder who is familiar with the regulations)

The inspector can ask for further details, if it is required in order to fully inspect the works.


Should you have carried out work since Nov 1985 for which you failed to give notice or apply for approval, you will be able to opt to regularise the situation.

On receiving the application the works will be inspected and any opening up or uncovering of the work may be necessary in order to confirm compliance with the regulations that were in force at the time that the work was carried out.


When works are controlled by an approved inspector and he is no longer able to carry out his function then that work must return to the control of the Council, and is known as a reversion.