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Types of applications

There are three types of applications, find out which one you need in order to get building control approval. Following the instruction to submit and how to pay it online

There are three main types of applications for building control; Building Notice application, Full Plans application and Regularisation application. Scroll down to find the right application you need. 

Applications Building Notice application

Purpose: For simple or small domestic alterations and extensions.

Plans approval is not issued, so we strongly recommend that you do not use this procedure unless your builder has the ability to successfully complete the works, experienced and you both know exactly what you intend to build and how you intend to build it and are confident that the work will comply with the Building Regulations. In this regard, it does not provide the same protection provided by the approval of 'full plans'.

Work can start subject to you giving 48 hours notice. 

What you need before applying

Your application needs to include the following:

  • A completed application form
  • A site location plan showing the size, position and drainage of the building (1:1250 scale)
  • The appropriate fee

How to apply

Apply now

Payment 

The application needs to be accompanied with a fee, which can be worked out by referring to the fee download above.  If you have submitted the application online, you can also choose to make your payment electronically using either your Credit or Debit Card by clicking on the 'Online Payment' button. Alternatively, you can send in a cheque (made payable to the London Borough of Hillingdon) for the appropriate amount to the above address for application forms that have been submitted online or in the post. For applications that have been submitted online, please write the online reference number (e.g. OWC12345) on the reverse of the cheque when you send it in. Please be aware that your application will not be validated until a cheque has been received.

Additionally, Building Notices are not acceptable for all types of building work and cannot be used for the following:

  • Building work which is subject to Part II of the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 Act
  • Building work that is over or close to a public sewer
  • Commercial works

Once works have commenced, one of our Building Control Surveyors and Structural Engineers will visit and advise the builder on to how to ensure compliance if necessary. A free Completion Certificate will then be issued when we are satisfied the work is finished and complies with the requirements of the regulations. On inspection, if there is any work not covered by the initial charge payment, an invoice will be sent to you which will refer to the additional items of work.


Full Plans application

Purpose: For domestic or commercial works and requires the submission of a set of detailed plans and structural calculations for your proposal.

If you engage an independent agent to draw your plans, all correspondence will normally be conducted through the agent. Once received, your plans will be checked for compliance with the Building Regulations. Any comments will be forwarded where necessary and an Approval Notice issued as soon as they are considered satisfactory. You should then supply your builder with a copy of those approved plans to work from to avoid complications on site.

Work can start at any time after submitting the application, subject to giving 48 hours notice. However you are strongly advised to wait for the plans to be passed so that you are fully aware of all the requirements before work begins.

What you need before applying

  • A completed application form
  • A site location plan (1:1250 scale) and a block plan (1:500 scale)
  • All detailed plans, sections and elevations, including all necessary technical notes, supporting calculations and specifications
  • A description/details of the work proposed
  • The appropriate fee

How to apply

Apply now

Payment 

The application needs to be accompanied with a fee, which can be worked out by referring to the fee download above.  If you have submitted the application online, you can also choose to make your payment electronically using either your Credit or Debit Card by clicking on the 'Online Payment' button. Alternatively, you can send in a cheque (made payable to the London Borough of Hillingdon) for the appropriate amount to the above address for application forms that have been submitted online or in the post. For applications that have been submitted online, please write the online reference number (e.g. OWC12345) on the reverse of the cheque when you send it in. Please be aware that your application will not be validated until a cheque has been received.

A free Completion Certificate will then be issued when we are satisfied the work is finished and complies with the requirements of the regulations.


Regularisation application

Purpose: If building works have been carried out without Building Control approval and are unauthorised, a retrospective application (Regularisation) can be made to certify that these works are compliant with Building Regulations.  

Regularisation applications can be made for any domestic and non-domestic works commenced on or after 11 November 1985. Any work completed before this date is not covered by the Regularisation procedure. Depending on the circumstances, exposure, removal and/or rectification of works may be necessary to ensure compliance with the Building Regulations.

What you need before applying

  • Plans showing the completed works and how the layout was before the work was undertaken.  
  • The appropriate fee

How to apply

Apply now

Payment 

The application needs to be accompanied with a fee, which can be worked out by referring to the fee download above.  If you have submitted the application online, you can also choose to make your payment electronically using either your Credit or Debit Card by clicking on the 'Online Payment' button. Alternatively, you can send in a cheque (made payable to the London Borough of Hillingdon) for the appropriate amount to the above address for application forms that have been submitted online or in the post. For applications that have been submitted online, please write the online reference number (e.g. OWC12345) on the reverse of the cheque when you send it in. Please be aware that your application will not be validated until a cheque has been received.

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