WHAT IS IT?
Anyone intending to carry out work to which Building Regulations apply must lodge an application with the local Building Control office – see “Making an Application”.The building notice procedure allows work to be carried out without the submission of full plans.
A Building Notice can only be used for the following:
a. The extension or alteration of an existing single dwelling; (See Note 1)
b. The provision of services or the installation of fittings in connection with a single dwelling.
Note 1: The floor area of an extension must not exceed 10m2 or 3m2 where a new storey is created.
A Building Notice may not be given for the erection of a dwelling or for a material change of use from an existing dwelling.
WHAT YOU MUST DO
Complete the Building Notice section on the standard application form available to be downloaded or from the Building Control Office. The form requires you to provide the following information:
(a) A description of the work.
(b) The proposed means of drainage.
(c) The materials to be used.
(d) The size of the building and its relationship to other buildings and to boundaries.
A location plan of the property is also required.
A fee equal to the combined plan and inspection fee must be paid with the application. See payment methods for ways to pay.
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 a set prepared it would be helpful to lodge them with the application.
As there will be no approved plans for your project you should select a builder who has a good knowledge of building practice and the Building Regulations. Ensure that Building Control receive notice when the work is due to start and at particular stages as the work progresses.
- Foundation trenches
- Damp proof courses
- Above-ground structural elements
- Roof timbers
- Any sound insulation measures
The work described in the Notice must be started within three years of the date of lodgement of the Notice.
A meeting with a Building Control Surveyor prior to the work starting is recommended to discuss the proposals and allow a programme of inspections to be agreed. When the work is satisfactorily completed you will receive a Completion Certificate.
· 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.
There will be no approved drawings. Lending Agencies often require these as a condition of a loan. In such circumstances you may need to make a full plans submission. Check with the lender.
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.
Without approved drawings it will be difficult to compare tender prices from different builders.