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Apply for building regulations approval

Full plans application

This applies to all types of building without any restriction. Typically it is used for larger domestic building works including extensions and loft conversions together with all non-domestic projects.

Advantages of a full plans application:

  • Plans approved if compliant and notice sent to you or your Agent
  • Protection of approved plans
  • Usually a two part charge for our service
  • Plans and Inspection Charge
  • Your builder works from approved plans
  • Approval Notice to hand onto any future purchaser of the premises

Disadvantages of a full plans application:

  • You wait for plans to be prepared.
  • You may have Agent’s fees to pay.

Submit a Full Plans Application Online

Alternatively, download and complete the Building Regulations Submission form (PDF)

Please also ensure you include the following:

  • Two copies of drawings, a specification and if required, calculations.
  • A site location plan
  • An appropriate plan fee
  • If the work is to a building that the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies, a further two sets of plans detailing fire safety measures will be required.

Partner agents list

We have a Local Authority Building Control (LABC) List of Partner Agents (PDF) we work closely with and who can provide you with the required drawings. Both the Partners and Swindon Building Control work for the owner of the project and aim to save time and money on the project. These are not recommendations and it is always advisable to get more than one quote.

Building notice application

This type of application is for domestic building projects only, and while there is no limit in the size of project, it is more suitable for smaller building works where plans are not so involved. Typically this would be smaller extensions, garage conversions, replacement windows or removal of a wall.

Advantages of a building notice application:

  • There are no plans to prepare except the site plan

Disadvantages of a building notice application:

  • You may not know the work is incorrect until it is inspected
  • All charges (plans and inspections) are paid at the time of deposit (non refundable).
  • There is no approval notice
  • Plans and calculations are sometimes required to support your application

Submit a Building Notice Application Online

Alternatively, download and complete the Building Regulations Submission form (PDF) 

Please also ensure you include the following:

  • A site location plan
  • An appropriate fee

Regularisation application

If you have already carried out work to your property and have been advised that you need approval, this is the application that needs to be used. This application form can be used for any type of work, where you require your drawings to be checked and approved.

Submit a Building Control Regularisation Application Online

Alternatively, download and complete the Building Control Regularisation form (PDF)

Please also ensure you incude the following:

  • A site location plan
  • An appropriate fee

Further information

  • For fee details or to confirm a fee, please telephone: 01793 466069
  • For all construction projects, please Check if you need Planning Permission.
  • If you are intending to work on a party wall or near a boundary, you should find out more about the Party Wall Act 1996 on the Planning Portal.
  • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order on the Gov.uk website, has replaced nearly all previous fire safety law. The act applies to virtually all non-domestic premises and even the common areas of flats.
  • If you are having construction or refurbishment work done, you may need to notify the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) via their website and you may have other duties as well.
Last updated: 21 September 2017. Was this information helpful?

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