Building control types of application
Full Plans application
A full plans application should be submitted for all large projects and must be submitted for non-domestic applications, since statutory consultations with the Fire Service* need to be carried out. The plans and specification details submitted with this type of application will be examined and we will advise you if any aspect of the design or specification requires amending to show compliance with the building regulations. Once the plans are considered satisfactory, we will issue an approval notice. If the plans show compliance but there are items still to approve (for example structural calculations) we will issue a conditional approval.
As part of the approval process, you will be provided with a schedule that lets you know what stages of work we need to see. Our Building Control Surveyors will inspect the various stages of work and you will receive a certificate once works are considered complete and satisfactory. An invoice for the inspection charge will be sent out following our first visit to the property.
Whilst we will undertake inspections prior to the application being determined, you are advised to wait until approval is granted.
*If very minor works are proposed on a non-domestic building, we may agree with the Fire Service that formal consultation is not necessary.
Building Notice application
This type of application is best suited to small uncomplicated works, it cannot be used for work to non-domestic buildings*. Works may commence 48 hours after the Notice is deposited. As part of the acceptance process, you will be provided with a schedule that lets you know what stages of work we need to see. Our Building Control Surveyors will inspect the various stages of work and you will receive a certificate once works are considered complete and satisfactory. The Building Notice charge which covers all inspections and the issuing of a completion certificate, should accompany this type of application.
*If very minor works are proposed on a non-domestic building, we may agree with the Fire Service that formal consultation is not necessary and accept a Building Notice application.
Please note, the Building Notice procedure should only be used if the person undertaking the work is fully aware of all the relevant building regulation requirements, since no plans appraisal is undertaken by building control.
If works have been done without Building regulation approval, you may apply to obtain retrospective consent for works. A Regularisation application can only be submitted for works commenced on or after 11 November 1985. Plans of the works together with additional details of any required alterations should be submitted with the application. Please note it may be necessary to uncover certain elements of construction in order to determine compliance with the building regulations. Once all works are considered satisfactory, a Regularisation certificate will be issued.
The Partner Authority Scheme
Our partner authority scheme is shared by all local authority building control teams in England and Wales. You can choose to work with any local authority building control surveyor to undertake all pre-application and design work, regardless of the project's geographical location
Your local authority partner will liaise with the building control team where the works are to be undertaken to discuss site-specific issues such as drainage, contamination and liaison with the local fire service.
What are the benefits of being registered with LABC’s Partner Authority Scheme?
- A single point of contact for all your building control work in England, Wales and Scotland
- Competitive pricing on high volumes of repeat work or major developments
- Site inspections from a local professional team with invaluable local contacts and knowledge
- Simplified fees and invoicing arrangements
- Electronic submissions and e-working
- The use of LABC Partner logo on all of your marketing materials
- Easy access to the planning department, the highways engineers and local fire service
- In-depth expertise on
LABC Registered Details
Local authority building control (LABC) Registered Details is a one-off certification process proving compliance with building regulations and standards across England, Wales and Scotland. Registering your product, system or house type with LABC increases industry confidence while also raising the profile of your company.
As the only scheme of its kind supported by all local authorities, Registered Details can:
- Help ensure acceptance by all local authorities across England, Wales and Scotland.
- Increase industry confidence in the performance and suitability of each registration.
- Make the building control process faster, easier and cheaper by simplifying the submission route.
- Provide a ready made library of rigorously checked systems and products for specifiers.
- Ensure easier structural warranty approval through our association with our colleagues at LABC Warranty.
- Ashfields model scheme