Apply for building regulation approval
There are two ways to apply for permission to build by:
- building notice
- full plans
Apply using the LABC portal (external website) or you can complete: Building regulations application form [PDF | 37KB]
The building notice procedure is simpler but it is only suitable for minor domestic work. You don’t need to provide detailed drawings when you apply, however we may ask for these as work progresses.
A building notice is suitable for:
- removal of one or two internal load-bearing walls
- small single storey domestic extension
- new boiler or other heating appliances
- new chimney or flue
- detached garage, carport and outbuildings where not exempt from the building regulations
- new or replacement windows, rooflights and external doors
- replacing roof covering new bathroom, shower or toilet
- new drainage or connection to sewer
- underpinning cavity wall insulation
You cannot submit a building notice for work to a non-domestic building (except renovation of a thermal element).
With a full plans application, we will check your plans and let you know if we need any further information. Once satisfied with the plans we will issue an approval.
Full plans procedure is suitable for:
- any new buildings
- extensions or alterations to any building other than small single storey domestic extensions
- extensive internal structural alterations to any building
- loft conversions
Fees and charges
See planning and building control fees
Pay your inspection fee online
Remember to select 'invoice payments' and insert your 'account number' in the reference field. Please note all charges include VAT.
When can I start the work?
If you submit a building notice, you can start work after 48 hours. If you submit a full plans application, you can start the work when we receive your valid application.
You do not have to wait for the plan approval before you start the work but we recommend that you do, so the builder has approved plans to work with. In any case, you must notify building control before you start the work.
Choosing a builder
It is important to take time to make sure you choose the right builder.
What if I have already started or even finished the work without proper consent?
You must contact us as soon as possible to discuss the possible options. You can apply for a regularisation certificate for the work.
You will need to contact us, planning and building control contact information, to discuss the fee payable.
Planning and building control opening hours and contact information