Building Notice procedure

A Building Notice allows for building work to be executed without the submission of detailed plans, it is an alternative to the Full Plans procedure. It is generally used when the type of building work is straight forward, and the persons responsible for the execution are conversant with the requirements of the regulations.

The work will be inspected as it proceeds, but you will not receive any official decision notice confirming that the proposals have been passed. As part of the procedure a Building Control Surveyor may request further information to assist with the on-site assessment. This may include such items as structural design calculations, construction details, specification of materials etc.

It can be used for:

  • the erection of houses, flats and maisonettes
  • the extension or structural alteration of the above
  • the provision of services or the installation of fittings in connection with the above
  • the material change of use of a building to the above

Apply for a Building Notice

Download a printable version  Building Notice Form (PDF, 222KB) or an editable version  Building Notice Form (MS Word, 301KB)

You will be asked to provide:

  • a completed application form, with a description of the work
  • appropriate fee
  • location map

You can pay your building notice fee online

You may also be asked to provide details or calculations concerning particular elements of the construction. It is not necessary to provide full plans but if you have had a set prepared it would be helpful to lodge them with the application.

Beginning work

You should select a builder who has a good knowledge of building practice and the Building Regulations as there will be no approved plans for your project. You should give notice to Building Control when the work is due to start and at particular stages as the work progresses. The work described in the Notice must be started within three years of the date of lodging the Notice.

We recommend meeting with the Building Control Surveyor prior to starting the work to agree a programme of inspections. You will receive a Completion Certificate when the work is satisfactorily completed.

Advantages of a Building Notice

  • You save the expense and time of having drawings prepared.
  • Upon receipt of a valid Notice the work can start almost immediately.
  • It is most suitable for small works.
  • There is less paperwork and more concentration on the work on site.
  • A Completion Certificate is available.

Disadvantages of a Building Notice

  • There will be no approved drawings. Lending Agencies often require these as a condition of a loan. Check with the lender as you may need to submit a full plans application.
  • The builder has no approved plan to work to.
  • Any work that is found not to comply must be removed or made good – this may counter any savings made by not having full plans prepared.
  • It will be difficult to compare tender prices from different builders without approved drawings

Contact us

01270 375256

Building Control
Municipal Buildings
Earle Street


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