Make an application
Click on APPLY ONLINE and fill out the online Building Regulation Application form, upload your drawings and pay online. Alternatively click on Download from our APPLY page for the application form and email together with your drawings to email@example.com or post to our office.
Which type of application is required?
There are three methods of applying for building regulations for your project:
For domestic alterations and extensions (not within 3 metres of a sewer). This should be submitted at least 48 hours before the work starts and must be accompanied with the statutory fee, drawings and any details. No approval is given with a Building Notice which is valid for three years from the date the notice submitted, after which it will automatically lapse if the building work has not commenced.
Alternatively if you wish to obtain formal approval for domestic extensions (within 3 metres of a sewer), commercial and educational works before the work begins you can submit a Full Plans application. This must be accompanied by the statutory plan fee, scaled drawings and supporting details. We aim to check plans within 15 working days and decisions issued within 2 months, though usually given much sooner. You can commence building works prior to approval being given but it is not recommended.
If works were carried out without Building Regulation consent, started on or after 11 November 1985, a retrospective application relating to the unauthorised works can be submitted. Depending on the circumstances, exposure, removal and/or rectification of works, structural calculations may be necessary to establish compliance with the Building Regulations. This must be accompanied with the statutory fee and any drawings and details.
What will the cost be?
We set our charges locally within a framework set by Government. We aim for our charges to be fair and set at a level to cover our costs only.
Guidance sheets on our charges can be found at the bottom of the page. Payment can be made either as part of your online submission or for email and postal applications over the telephone or by submitted a cheque made payable to STG Building Control. A guidance sheet on our terms and conditions on service delivery and fees can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.
Once your application has been received, if acceptable, it is registered and an acknowledgement letter sent to the applicant/agent. You will need to contact our office to book your site inspection(s). If you fail to notify Building Control at relevant stages it may result in us asking for work to be exposed or being unable to issue a final certificate. This could lead to problems if the property is sold.
How to make a Reversion application
In 2019, Building Control has unexpectedly been informed that a number of Approved Inspectors no longer possess the required professional indemnity insurance and public liability insurance cover to directly provide their Approved Inspector role (Private Building Control Service).
About the Building Act 1984, Building Regulations 2010
Failure to possess the required professional indemnity insurance and public liability insurance cover is a highly important factor, if you or your Agent has appointed an Approved Inspector, which currently does not have a valid insurance cover, to undertake the Building Control element of your building work/projects.
Where an Approved Inspector, which currently does not have a valid insurance cover, have submitted the mandatory Initial Notice application and the building works have already commenced and the Approved Inspector becomes or expects to become unable to carry out (or to continue to carry out) his functions with respect to which the Initial Notice relates, the person carrying out the work or intending to carry out the work shall cancel the Initial Notice by notice given to the Local Authority concerned and the Approved Inspector.
What happens next for customers, applicants and agents
The relevant person carrying out the work or intending to carry out the work must contact the Building Control team:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 01634 331133
Please note, we cannot do this on behalf of the person carrying out the work or intending to carry out the work.
The formal reversion process
Prior to any reversion process with the local authority Building Control, the person carrying out the work or intending to carry out the work must provide and issue the Council with the following key information and documentation:
- The formal cancellation of the original Initial Notice on the prescribed form in accordance with the Building Act. The cancellation notice can be downloaded below.
- Details of the Approved Inspector's plan certificates, visits, inspections, actions and outcomes
- All relevant technical information, plans, approvals, statutory consultations, formal agreements, specialist engineer reports, third party warranties, etc where they exist
On receipt of the above requested information, we will require a new reversion application to cover the elements of building work in conjunction with the works described on the original Initial Notice plus the associated application fee to allow us to continue with the reverted application through to the completion stage. A reversion application form can be downloaded below.
Making a payment
The fee payable is a regularisation fee which does not have VAT and requires to be indivdiually assessed. Please contact the team on 01634 331133.
Notice of Publication of New Charges from 1st January 2020
As of 18th December 2019, STG Building Control has published its revised Charging Scheme for Building Control (referred to as the Charging Scheme) prepared under section 3 of the Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 2010
The revised Charging Scheme will come into effect on 1st January 2020.
Valid applications received by 2pm on Tuesday 31st December 2019 will be processed at the old charges. Applications can be submitted online and payment taken through our website http://www.stgbc.org.uk
- Application Form228kb
- Domestic Fee sheet - 1st January 2020425kb
- New Dwellings -1st January 2020441kb
- Non-Domestic Fee Sheet -1st January 2020313kb
- Online Submission & Search Helpsheet929kb
- Reversion Application Form166kb
- Terms and Conditions425kb
- Unauthorised Work & Regularisation282kb
- Regularisation Application Form3mb