You can make a building regulation application in two ways – full plans or building notice. Listed below are the main differences between the two.
• You can use it for all types of building work.
• You need to send two copies of plans and application forms (four copies for designated buildings).
• You will pay charges when you send the application to the local authority the plans and again after the first site inspection.
• The decision can take up to five weeks (two months if agreed).
• As long as you follow the approved plans, the work will normally meet building standards when it is inspected.
• You can send the local authority amended plans as long as the scheme is generally the same.
• Approval notice ends three years after the work has been approved.
• It is best suited for small uncomplicated work.
• It cannot be used for designated buildings or buildings within three metres of a public sewer.
• You only need to send to the local authority a block plan showing the proposals in relation to existing buildings, boundaries and nearby streets, and details of any drainage. If it is an extension (including a room in the roof), you must provide details of its floor area together with two copies of the building notice application forms. (Remember, you should send the local authority as much information as possible.)
• No decision notice is issued.
• You will pay one charge when you forward the Building Notice to the local authority.
• There is more emphasis on site work and your builder – this might mean that work will need to be removed or altered if it does not meet certain standards.
• The notice ends three years after being accepted.
• It may not be accepted by some lending organisations.
Designated buildings are offices, shops, railway premises, hotels and boarding houses, factories and other places where people are employed.
Note: You will have to pay charges for both applications, and they are the same whichever method