Why shouldn't I just do the work without telling you?
You should avoid taking this route as
- It is illegal for you to do so and we might decide to take enforcement action
- It is more difficult, inconvenient and expensive for you to correct any faults when the work is completed and in use
- It is likely a delay will occur in selling your property
- It is likely you will cause damage by opening it up for inspection
Even if you do gain a Regularisation Certificate, it doesn't remove our powers to take enforcement action should we find it necessary to ensure your safety or that of the public. You should not assume that applying for and receiving a Regularisation Certificate will make you safe from enforcement action, although this is less likely to happen where you do so.
As such, it's always better to gain permission before proceeding with work than to simply apply for a Regularisation Certificate retrospectively.
What do I need in order to sell my property?
If you sell your property, you will almost certainly be asked to provide a Completion Certificate for any work done to which the building regulations apply. You may have difficulty completing the sale if this is not available.
It is important to note the difference between a Completion Certificate and a Full Plans Approval Notice:
- The Full Plans Approval Notice confirms the work would comply with the building regulations if it were carried out in accordance with the provided drawings
- The Completion Certificate indicates that the finished work does comply with the building regulations
You are under no obligation to make an application for a Regularisation Certificate. And we are under no obligation to accept it.
Steps to making an application