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Choosing a full plans or building notice application

Choosing a Full Plans or Building Notice Application

Our guide to making an application (homeowner guide 2 - PDF document) offers comprehensive advice on the 2 different routes.

Full Plans applications

A Full Plans application needs to contain plans and other information showing all construction details, and needs to be made well in advance of when work is to start on site.  It's usually used for large projects.

Building Notice applications

A Building Notice application doesn't require detailed plans to be submitted.  It's generally quicker than the full plans application and is designed to enable some types of building work to get under way quickly. However, it tends to be best suited to small projects.

Full Plans applications

This route can be used for any proposed development, but developments close to, or over a public sewer need to apply to Thames Water. Visit the Thames Water website for guidance about building close to a public sewer.

Building Notice applications

A Building Notice can only be used for dwelling-houses. Buildings which are designated under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 or built close to, or over a public sewer cannot use this route. Visit the Thames Water website for guidance about building close to a public sewer. Some financial lenders such as banks and building societies do not favour this type of application.

Full Plans applications

Complete our Building Regulations application form (PDF document).

Building Notice applications

Complete our Building Regulations application form (PDF document).

Full Plans applications

1 copy of the plan(s) is required, or 3 copies if the plans relate to a commercial development. A site location and block plan.

Building Notice applications

You will need to provide a site location and block plan.

Full Plans applications

Payment for the Full Plans route is required upon application. A separate charge is then made for inspections after the first inspection takes place. 

Building Notice applications

Payment for the Building Notice route is required upon application. No further charges are made.

We will acknowledge receipt of your Full Plans / Building Notice application in writing.

Full Plans applications

Plans are checked for compliance with the regulations - we'll negotiate to resolve any problems before approving your application.  

Full Plans and Building Notice applications

Give us 48 hours notice of commencement of work (read our Building Control inspection advice).  

Notify us to carry out inspections at various stages (read our Building Control inspection advice). There is an additional charge for Full Plans applications.

Full Plans applications

Yes - you will have written confirmation that your proposals comply with building regulations. 

Building Notice applications

No - this isn't provided.  There may also be limitations in the way a Building Notice application can be used.

Yes - upon satisfactory inspection of the completed work. 

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