Guidance Note 2 - How to make a Building Regulations Application

You can apply for Building Regulations approval by making either a Full Plans application or a Building Notice application.

Full Plans application

This is normally the best choice for work that includes: -

  • Loft conversions
  • New buildings
  • Major internal structural alterations
  • Large extensions

The benefits of using the Full Plans route: -

  • When you submit Full Plans we provide a detailed report identifying what modifications, if any, are needed to comply with the regulations. This report is normally issued within 10 working days of you making the application. 
  • A formal approval is issued once the proposals comply with the Building Regulations.
  • Approved plans should allow builders to give an accurate quotation for the work with no hidden extras.
  • Costly delays and abortive work should be avoided when work begins.
  • Some financial institutions need to see a Building Regulations Approval Notice before they will consider giving a loan for the work.

How to submit a full plans application

  1. Fill in a Full Plans application form;
  2.  Pay a Plan Charge
  3. Provide detailed drawings and a specification including: -
    • Scaled plans showing both existing and proposed floor layouts and elevations
    • A site location plan
    • Sectional drawings through the proposed work

Building Notice Application

This is normally the best choice for work that includes: -

  • Simple structural alterations
  • Installing a bathroom
  • Drainage alterations
  • Re-roofing work
  • Small domestic extensions
  • Detached garages and outbuildings
  • Underpinning work
  • Installing a heating appliance and/or a chimney flue
  • Thermal element.

 A Building Notice application cannot be used in the following situations:

  • For buildings that are subject to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 or Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 this includes: schools, offices, shops, hotels, boarding houses and factories;
  • For buildings over or within 3m of a public sewer; or
  • Where a new building will front onto a private street.

The benefits of using a Building Notice application are: -

  • It allows minor work to start quickly
  • Detailed drawings are not required when making the application. However we may request details at a later stage if necessary.
  • When drawings are provided, they will be checked for compliance with the Building Regulations and a reply will normally be given within 12 working days.

How to submit a Building Notice application

  1. Fill in a Building Notice application form
  2. Pay a Building Notice Charge
  3.  Include a site location and block plan
  4.  If the work involves a new building or an extension, submit details of drainage;
  5.  Include drawings if they have been produced.

Please note the charges for a Building Notice may be higher than a Full Plans application.

When can I start work on site?

You can start work just 2 days after submitting a valid Full Plans application or Building Notice application.

Inspection of work can be arranged by telephoning us on 01895 837296, by emailing, or by using the  LABC app - Apple or LABC app - for Android.  

Inspection can usually be carried out on the same day if you contact us before 10am.

Note: A 'day' excludes any Saturdays, Sundays, Bank or Public Holidays.

Completion of work

When work has been inspected and fully complies with the Building Regulations, a formal completion certificate will be issued to the applicant.