Building regulations guidance notes

If in doubt then please call us or send an email, we will be happy to help  The direct line phone number for Building Control is 01909 533184, our email address is building.control@bassetlaw.gov.uk .

Please ensure that you select the correct type of application - Full Plans application, Building Notice application or a Regularisation Certificate.

Building Notice applications can only be accepted for work involving the erection, alteration or extension of dwellings, and providing no new building or extension would be over or within 3 metres of a public sewer.

Since 1st October 2010, all drains which serve more than one property were designated to be public sewers.  This means that many more properties will now be over or within 3 metres of a public sewer.  Please check with Severn Trent Water to find out if your proposal will be over or near to a public sewer; you may be required to enter into a formal agreement before starting work.  Contact details will be on your water and sewerage bill.

If you are unsure which type of application to use, please ask for a copy of our guidance note which explains both the benefits and the drawbacks of each, so that you can make an informed choice.

Notes:

The applicant is the person, company or body on whose behalf the work is being carried out.  This will normally be the owner of the building.

If you are employing an agent to deal with the application on your behalf, their contact details should be entered.  Please note that if an agent is named on the application, all correspondence will be sent to them rather than the applicant/property owner.

The address the work is to be carried out – please include a postcode if you can.  If the work is to be carried out at the applicants own address, just put “as above”.

Attach plans, specifications, calculations etc. in pdf format.

Please describe the works you intend to carry out as clearly and simply as possible.  For example “Kitchen extension” “Removal of internal wall” “Loft conversion” etc.

Please tell us what the building will be used for – for example “dwelling” “shop” “office” etc.

All applications must be accompanied by either a Plan charge, Building Notice charge or Regularisation Certificate charge depending on which type of application is made. You can find the amount required on our website and enter it on the form.  If your proposal is not shown in the table, please telephone 01909 533184 or email building.control@bassetlaw.gov.uk and ask for advice.

Space is provided for you to give us any other information that you think might help us deal will your application quickly and correctly.  For example, are there any drainage issues or problems with the ground you are aware of?  If you have already obtained Planning permission it also helps if you tell us and include the case number.

Checklist for submitting a Building Regulations Application

If you are making a Full Plans application, you will need to attach (or send separately by email to building.control@bassetlaw.gov.uk ):

  • A pdf copy of each drawing, specification etc., showing clearly the work you intend to carry out, and how you will meet the requirements of the Regulations.
  • A pdf copy of a site plan to a scale of not less than 1:1250 plus a block plan to a scale of not less than 1:500.  The site plan must clearly show:
    • The size and position of the existing building (and any extensions proposed) in relation to the property boundary.
    • The position and use of any other buildings within the property boundary.
    • The position and width of any adjacent streets.
    • The provision made for foul and surface water drainage.
    • If your proposed works will involve building over or close to drains or sewers, details of the precautions you intend to take to protect the drain or sewer.
  • For all non-domestic works, please also include a copies of drawings which show how you intend to meet the fire safety requirements of the regulations.
  • Please state who will be responsible for paying the inspection charge so that we can address the invoice correctly.  You can choose if the charge should be invoiced to the applicant or the agent.
  • If you would like the charge to be invoiced to anyone else, please supply full details in an email to building.control@bassetlaw.gov.uk , including the name, full address and a purchase order number if this will be required on the invoice.
  • If you change your mind after sending in the application, we can change the invoice address provided that we know before it is sent out, but if we have to re-issue an invoice after it has been issued there may be an additional charge to cover our costs in doing so.
  • Don’t forget to tell us how you will pay the submission charge.  Your application won’t be processed until payment has been received.

Please note:

  • Applications are checked by us strictly in order of receipt.
  • Where minor problems are found with the plans, they can sometimes still be approved with the problems dealt with as conditions attached to the approval.
  • When works start on Full Plans applications, if the inspection charge has not been paid on submission of the application, it becomes payable following the first inspection.

If you are making a Building Notice Application

Your Building Notice must be submitted a minimum of two working days before you intend to commence work. You will need to attach (or send separately by email to control@bassetlaw.gov.uk ):

  • Where the proposed work includes a new building or extension, a pdf copy of a site plan to a scale of not less than 1:1250 plus a block plan to a scale of not less than 1:500. The site plan must clearly show:
    • The size and position of the existing building (and any extensions proposed) in relation to the property boundary.
    • The position and use of any other buildings within the property boundary.
    • The position and width of any adjacent streets.
    • The provision made for foul and surface water drainage.
  • If you submit additional construction plans or information with your Building Notice, they will be helpful but won’t be checked in the same way that a Full Plans application would be. We strongly recommend that you do not use a Building Notice application unless you are satisfied that you or your builder already has the knowledge and experience to carry out the works in accordance with the Building Regulations.

If you are making a Regularisation Certificate application, please remember to fill in the date works were carried out.

You will need to send:

  • The Regularisation Charge appropriate for the work described in the application. Please refer to our web site or ask us for advice if the work is not covered by the table.

You will need to attach (or send separately by email to building.control@bassetlaw.gov.uk ):

  • A pdf copy of each drawing, specification etc., showing clearly the building prior to the work being carried out and the building after the work was carried out.
  • A pdf copy of a site plan to a scale of not less than 1:1250  plus a block plan to a scale of not less than 1:500.  The site plan must clearly show:
    • The size and position of the building (including any extensions) in relation to the property boundary.
    • The position and use of any other buildings within the property boundary.
    • The position and width of any adjacent streets.
    • The provision made for foul and surface water drainage.
  • If the work involved building over or close to drains or sewers, details of the precautions you took to protect the drain or sewer.
  • For all non-domestic works, include copies of drawings which show how the fire safety requirements of the regulations were met.

In all cases, please remember that your work may also require Planning permission (which must be applied for separately).


Last Updated on Thursday, April 7, 2022