Regularisation Procedure

The Regularisation procedure allows the Local Authority to approve unauthorised works carried out and completed without the submission of full plans and giving of notice.

As a vendor selling a property you may be asked to produce evidence of approvals. If you cannot show a completion certificate or the stage approvals you may apply for a 'Certificate of Regularisation'. Building Control will issue a ‘Certificate of Regularisation’ if the work complies with the regulations that were in operation at the time the unauthorised works were completed.

The types of work that can be regularised are:

  • domestic and commercial
  • extensions and alterations
  • roofspace conversions
  • garage conversions
  • erection of new buildings
  • change of use
  • installing cavity wall insulation
  • installing a heating system
  • structural alterations, etc

Apply for regularisation

Download a printable Regularisation Form (PDF, 133KB) or an editable Regularisation Form (MS Word, 240KB)

The form requires you to provide:

  • a description of the unauthorised work
  • the date of completion of the works
  • the use of the building
  • details of services

The application for Regularisation must be accompanied by a fee equal to 120% of the normal fees that would be payable under the current fee regulations for proposed work. Details are available from the Building Control officers. In circumstances where substantial additional or remedial work is required additional information and an additional fee may be required.

You can pay your regularisation fee online - Building Control officers will tell you the amount.

In some circumstances you may be asked to provide plans of the work and/or plans of additional remedial work, especially for non-domestic work.

What we do

When an application is received we arrange to inspect the work. In circumstances where work is hidden, we may require the work to be opened up for a more detailed inspection. We will assess compliance of the work with the regulations and advise of works that do not comply and need additional or remedial work. An opportunity will be given to carry out that work in order that a certificate may be issued.

You might decide not to proceed with the additional or remedial work, perhaps because it would be too expensive or disruptive. We will not issue a Certificate in these circumstances or where there are serious contraventions of Building Regulations. Depending on the nature and seriousness of any contraventions, we may start legal proceedings.

A ‘limited certificate’ may be issued. This will state which work complies or does not comply and what has been inspected. 
 
Regularisation does not apply to work completed before 11th November 1985. Regularisation provides a method for obtaining approval for unauthorised work; this assumes full co-operation on behalf of the applicant. A formal Certificate of Regularisation is given for the work.

The types of work that can be regularised are:

  • domestic and commercial
  • extensions and alterations
  • roofspace conversions
  • garage conversions
  • erection of new buildings
  • change of use
  • installing cavity wall insulation
  • installing a heating system
  • structural alterations, etc

Limitations

  • No building regulation approval is given.
  • Remedial work and work of opening up may be required
  • A ‘limited’ Certificate may be unacceptable to the purchaser
  • When a Certificate cannot be issued; there is no refund of the fee
  • Where there are serious contraventions you may be required to carry out works of compliance
  • There may be a requirement to notify other Government agencies

Contact us

Building Control



01270 375256

Municipal Buildings
Earle Street
Crewe
Cheshire
CW1 2BJ

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