Building Control Applications & Fee's

Building Control Application Process & Application Forms

To help you achieve compliance with the regulations, you are obliged to use either your local authority building control service or a private sector approved inspector's building control service. You will be charged for either service.
You can submit a full plans application or give a building notice to your local authority building control service, depending on the scale and type of work you wish to undertake. Important note - A full plans application is required for any works on commercial or public buildings.

Replacement Glazing/Doors Application

 

Any installation carried out by a firm which is not registered by FENSA, including work done as a DIY project by a householder, requires local authority approval under the Building Regulations.

What is required:

  •     One completed application form
  •     Correct Fee

Building Notice Submission

 

  • Building Notice applications are for smaller domestic works including replacement windows and alterations
  • This procedure is  simple and enables work to proceed without the time and cost of having detailed plans prepared and checked for approval
  • it is limited to domestic work only and cannot be for works within 3m of a public sewer
  • you can start work 48 hours after the application has been deposited
  • control of the work is carried out through the site inspection process
  • you and your builder must ensure compliance with the regulations or you will have to correct it
  • a completion certificate is issued upon satisfactory completion of the works
  • you have 3 years from deposit to start the work otherwise the application is void. Once started it is valid until complete

What is required:

  •     One completed application form
  •     Correct fee
  •     Site location plan

Building Regulations Full Plans Submission

 

  • Full Plans applications can be used for all types of building work
  • you or your agent submit plans and other information
  • it needs to show how the project is to be built and complies with the building regulations
  • structural calculations may be needed in certain cases to prove compliance
  • the details are then checked by our surveyors
  • you will be given either a letter of amendments or if satisfactory, an approval or conditional approval
  • we have to issue a decision 5 weeks from the date of deposit (can extend to 2 calendar months if you agree to this)
  • if the work is carried out in accordance with approved plans, the regulations will be satisfied
  • a completion certificate is issued upon satisfactory completion of the works
  • you have 3 years from deposit to start the work otherwise the application is void. Once started it is valid until complete
  • fees are payable in two stages
    • the first (plan fee) should accompany the application 
    • the second (inspection fee) will be invoiced after the first inspection and covers all visits outlined in the Inspection Service Plan

What is required:

  •     Two completed application forms
  •     Correct plan submission fee
  •     Site location plan
  •     Full constructional drawings
  •     Structural calculations

Building Control Regularisation Certificate

 

  • Downloadable Application Form and Guidance
  • Domestic Fee Guide
  • Commercial Fee Guide
     
  • regularisation applications can be used for any building type but applies only to any unauthorised works carried out on or after 11 November 1985
  • works carried out before 11 November 1985 cannot be dealt with
  • the works are inspected on site
  • in some cases areas may need to be opened up to confirm compliance to the building regulations that applied when it was originally done
  • the surveyor will write to you detailing what is required after the initial inspection in order to demonstrate compliance
  • once deposited the application is valid until complete
  • a regularisation certificate is issued upon a satisfactory conclusion of the works
  • a single fee is payable when the application is submitted and is shown on your fee quote
  • VAT is not payable for this service

Approved Inspector Applications

Approved Inspectors are private companies who provide Building Control services. If an Approved Inspector is dealing with an application the Approved Inspector must submit an Initial Notice to the Council to let us know who is dealing with the works. Once complete the Approved Inspector must tell the Local Authority that the works are complete.
Our knowledge of the application will be limited and the work will not be inspected by the Local Authority.

If you require any further information/guidance please contact Building Control using one of the methods below:

We are open Monday - Thursday 8:45am - 5:00pm, Friday 8:45am - 4:30pm

Telephone: 01353 665555

In person: at the Council Offices, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4EE

Please note we do not take any cash payments and the last payment must be taken by 4:30pm Monday - Thursday and by 4:00pm on a Friday. Payments can be made at one of our Self Service Kiosks at any time during our opening hours.

By Post:

Write to us at Building Control, East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4EE