What Application Should I Use
If you need Building Regulations approval,
there are three types of application, the Full Plans
application, the Building
Notice application and the Regularisation
Full Plans Application
This Application can be used
for all works that have not already started.
With this type of application you submit the
Plans application form together with the appropriate charge and two copies of the scaled plans
and specification showing exactly how your proposal will be
The plans are then checked within the
statutory time scale, against the standards required by the
Building Regulations. After the checking process if there are any
amendments to be made they are requested at an early stage. If
there are no amendments to be made or satisfactory amendments have
been received the application will be approved.
The fee for the application is paid in two
instalments. You will need to pay an initial Plan charge when the application is
submitted and the remaining Inspection charge will be invoiced
to you when the work starts.
Building Notice Applications
This Application can not be
used for non-residential buildings or where work has already
With this type of application you are only
required to submit a Building
Notice application form, a block plan and the appropriate
charge. The services of a
designer are not essential, although we may well request further
details of your proposal.
There is no formal checking of this type of
application and no approval, so we recommend that this type of
application is only used where the works are straight forward and
the builder has an in-depth knowledge of the Building Regulation
The total Building Notice charge has to be
paid when the application is submitted and the Building Control
charges for a Building Notice application are generally more
expensive than a Full Plans application because Building Control
Officers will generally need to spend more time on site.
Sometimes work is carried out without the
benefit of approval or inspection from the Building Control team.
When this happens you can apply for a Regularisation
Building Control will need to make sure the
works comply with the relevant regulations before it can issue the
Regularisation Certificate. It may be necessary for some work to be
exposed for inspection. Where structural work has been undertaken
you may need to provide calculations from a Structural
The total Regularisation charge has to be paid
when the application is submitted.
If you are still not sure as to which
application you need to use please do not hesitate to contact
Bedford Borough Council
Tel: 01234 718081
Please note that the works you are
proposing may need other approvals. We recommend that you contact
Development Services to ascertain if Planning
Permission or Listed Building Consent is required.