Building Notices

The Building Notice route places an emphasis on you and your builder to ensure the work complies with the building regulations. You need to ensure that you have agreed the extent of the works to be constructed by your builder and what is to be included in the price.

This route can only be used for work relating to a dwelling and cannot be used where the work involves building over or near a public sewer or for a new building fronting a private street. A Full Plans application will need to be submitted in these instances.

Consequences of using the Building Notice route are:

  • Whilst the Building Notice route can achieve consent under the Building Regulations, you should be aware of that by using this route you do not have the protection of an approved drawing for your builder to quote against or work with. Each stage of the work is approved as it is completed and inspected.
  • Although our surveyor will help and try to foresee possible problems, work may need to be corrected. This may cause delays and have cost implications.
  • Building estimates may be less accurate as design information will not be available.

Please note, it is the duty of both the person having the work done and the builder to comply with the building regulations.

This type of application is suitable for simple domestic works that include:

  • simple structural alterations
  • drainage alterations
  • underpinning work
  • installing a bathroom
  • re-roofing work
  • detached garages or outbuildings
  • small simple extensions

It would be helpful if you could include a copy of any drawings if they have been produced, but please remember such drawings are not deposited with us under the building regulations and will not be checked for compliance in the same way the Full Plans route allows. We would therefore remind you that building work will progress on site without the protection of a formal approval notice.

You will need to notify us at least two working days before you start work, however, this is subject to receiving any required planning permission or other statutory consent.

Once the Building Notice is deposited the building control surveyor will meet you on site to discuss the work and agree an inspection regime. We must be notified when the various stages are completed so that inspection’s can be carried out.

Your building notice remains valid for three years from the date of submission. Failure to commence the works during this time would require you to re-apply.

The fundamental difference with this procedure is that it does not require the submission of detailed plans at the time the notice is deposited. The building control surveyor may, however, require further information at any stage of the work on site to ensure that the various elements of the design comply with the building regulations. You will need to supply this information and by using this route you cannot ask for a determination if the local authority says that the work does not comply with the building regulations.

When submitting a Building Notice the following should be included:

  • A completed Building Notice form, along with the appropriate charge and in the case of a new building or an extension, a location/block plan to a scale of 1:1250.

The charge payable is the sum of the plan and inspection charge, all of which is payable at the time the Building Notice is given.

Download Building Notice application forms from your local Council

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