Building Regulations Guidance Notes

Guidance notes

These notes are for general guidance only. Full details can be found in Building Regulations 2010 (as amended) / Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 2010

Planning permission

Planning permission may also be required for your proposal. Please ensure you have the appropriate planning consents prior to undertaking any works.


The online form should be used when applying for permission under Regulations 12, 14 and 18 of the Building Regulations 2010 and Building Act 1984
The online form must be filled in by the person who intends to carry out the work or their agent.


The applicant is the person on whose behalf the work is being carried out

Application types:

Full plans application:

Can be used for all types of building works

Building Notice Applications:

Cannot be used where:
    It is proposed to erect a building or extension within 3m of a public sewer
    The works are to premises subject to the regulatory reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
    A new building fronting onto a private street


In accordance with Building Regulation 21 you may be required to open up areas of the completed works for inspection, make tests, take samples as the authority thinks appropriate to ascertain what work, if any, is required to secure compliance with the relevant regulations

Partnership Authority Scheme:

LABC Services provides a Partner Authority Scheme and also a National type approval for a range of building types, building systems and major building elements where they are used repeatedly. If you have answered Yes to ‘partnering scheme, please include the name of the partner authority and further details in the description box under proposed works. If the work proposed or any part of it is subject to a LANTAC approval please answer ‘yes’ and enclose a copy of the appropriate current certificate(s)

If there is any variation in this proposal from that shown on the LANTAC type approval plans attention should be drawn to it in a covering letter.

Time limits:
Under Section 16 of the Building Control Act 1984 the Council must give a decision on the proposals within five weeks of receipt of a valid application. This may be extended to a maximum of two months and the submission of the application form is giving consent to that extension to assist in you obtaining any further information required or returning the amended drawings and avoiding a rejection of the proposals.


Section 16 of the Building Act 1984 provides for the passing of plans subject to conditions. The conditions may specify modifications to the deposited plans and / or that further plans shall be deposited.


In addition to the completion of this form, supporting plans and particulars must be submitted.

Where Part B Fire Safety imposes a requirement in relation to proposed building work, two further copies of plans, which demonstrate compliance with the requirements should be deposited


The appropriate charge is dependent on the type of work carried out. Charge scales and methods of calculation are set out in the Building Control Fees document

The fees are payable by the person on whose behalf the work is to be carried out (The Applicant)
Full plans submissions are payable in 2 stages. The first fee must accompany the deposit of the plans and the second fee is payable after the first site inspection of work in progress. The second fee is a single payment in respect of the relevant work to cover all site visits and consultations which may be necessary until it is satisfactorily completed.

Table A prescribes the plan and inspection fees payable for new dwellings and buildings converted and divided into dwellings.

Table B prescribes the plan and inspection fees payable for small domestic buildings, alterations and extensions, the addition of a small garage or carport to a dwelling home.

Table C prescribes the plan and inspection fees for all other non-domestic work. The appropriate fee is dependent upon the type of work proposed.

Part B Fire Safety

Premises currently designated for the purpose of regulatory reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 are:- Premises within the Fire Precautions (Hotels and Boarding Houses) Order 1972. Premises within the Fire Precautions 9Factories, Offices, Shops and railway Premises) Order 1989. A workplace defined in Regulation 17(3)(a) of the Fire Precautions(Workplace) Regulations 1997 i.e any premises, not being domestic premises, used for an employer’s undertaking

Building over / near sewer

Prior to making a Building Regulations application with proposed work involving building over or within 3 metres of a public sewer, it is recommended that you contact Anglian Water

Subject to certain provisions of the Public Health Act 1936 owners and occupiers of premises are entitled to have their private foul and surface water drains and sewers connected to the public sewers where available. Special arrangements apply to trade effluent discharge. Persons wishing to make such connections must not give less than 21 days notice to the appropriate authority.

Data protection and Fair Processing

The information provided by you will be held and processed by Castle Point Borough Council in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. It will be used for its intended purpose but may also be used for internal statistical analysis as well as being processed and disclosed for the prevention or detection of crime, assessment of tax or where we have a legal obligation to do so. We may also need to share your information with a third party, such as a contractor, in order for them to provide the service you have requested. However the Council requires any third parties to abide by the Data Protection Act 1998 when they process your data on our behalf and to follow our procedures or instructions.