Building regulation applications

Your building work must comply with the Building Regulations 2010. To demonstrate this, you can submit an application to us.

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Full plans application

A full plans application must include:

  • a site plan
  • proposed plans and elevations
  • building specification.

In some cases, structural calculations may also be required. The information should provide enough detail to demonstrate compliance to the Building Regulations.

Our surveyors will thoroughly check the information and plans, as well as carry out any necessary consultations, for example fire and sewerage consultation. This also allows any potential issues to be identified before the works commence on site.

If the plans comply with the Building Regulations, a notice will be sent stating that the plans have been approved. This will be received within six to eight weeks from the date when the plans were deposited.

If the plans do not comply with the Building Regulations, we may request amendments or further information. Alternatively, we may issue a conditional approval.

Building notice application

A building notice application is generally a quicker process than a full plans application, as there is no obligation to provide plans for checking.

This type of application is most suitable for smaller works which need to be undertaken promptly, since works can commence after submitting the application.

You cannot use a building notice application for work that:

  • is subject to section 1 of the Fire Precautions Act 1971
  • is subject to Part II of the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997
  • will be built close to or over rainwater and foul drains shown on the 'map of sewers'
  • results in a new building fronting onto a private street.

To submit a building notice application, you should be confident that the work will be carried out to fully comply with the Building Regulations. Otherwise there is a risk that corrective works may be requested.

Structural calculations or design may be requested by the inspecting surveyor, which must then be provided.

Regularisation application

Where works have been conducted without building regulations approval, a regularisation application will be required.

This is a retrospective application concerning previously unauthorised works which started on or after 11 November 1985.

Exposure, removal and/or corrective works may be needed to show compliance with the Building Regulations, depending on the type of work.

Contact our technical support team to discuss your individual circumstances and determine if a regularisation application is required.

Reversion application

Reversion applications apply when your private building control service provider can no longer continue to oversee your project.

If this situation arises, you can contact us for advice by calling 023 8028 5245 or emailing building.control@nfdc.gov.uk.

Demolition Notice

To demolish a building or structure greater than 50m3 you need to notify us.  Notification should be made at least 6 weeks before demolition starts.

This enables all appropriate people and organisations to be advised of the proposed demolition and that measures to safeguard the health and safety of the public are put in place.

Normally, we issue counter notices (demolition permits) within one to two weeks although it can take a maximum of 6.  If the 6 weeks has elapsed or you have received your counter notice you can commence work.

The counter notice will include a set of conditions and a schedule detailing measures to be taken to ensure that safety issues are addressed.

During the demolition process a Building Control surveyor may visit the site to ensure that conditions are met.

It is an offence to demolish a building without the necessary notice being given.

Fees

All application fees are bespoke to your works. You will need to send us a sketch or plan with details of your proposal. We will then calculate your individual fee.

We will require the following information to help calculate your fee:

  • Address of property including postcode.
  • Full scope of works, cost, duration.
  • A copy of your plans.
  • Contact name.
  • Contact number.
  • Planning reference number if applicable.

You can also call us on 023 8028 5245 or email questions to building.control@nfdc.gov.uk.

Submit an application

You can submit any of the above types of application to us using the online form below.

Alternatively you can submit an application form, which can be downloaded below:

Icon for pdf Building regulation application form [717.4KB]

Complete the application form and email it to building.control@nfdc.gov.uk. You can also print the form and send it by post to:

Building Control
New Forest District Council
Appletree Court
Beaulieu Road
Lyndhurst
Hampshire
O43 7PA

Payment

If you have a seven-digit building control reference number, you can pay online via the form below.

Alternatively, we accept payment by debit or credit card. Call 023 8028 5245 and a member of the building control administration team will take your payment.

If you wish to pay by cheque, make it payable to New Forest District Council and post it to the address above.

When to pay

Full plan applications 

Payment is required when the application is submitted. This will be clarified at the fee quote stage. If not approved, a resubmission of an amended scheme will generally be accepted without further payment.

Building notice applications

A single fee is required on submission. The amount payable depends on the type of project. This will be confirmed in your fee quote.

Regularisation applications

Fees are payable when the application is submitted.

Reversion applications

Fees will be calculated following the first site visit.

Building over or near drains and sewers

If you are planning an extension to your property or would like to construct a new building, you will need to check the location of the public sewers.

Since the Private Sewer Transfer on 1 October 2011, any sewer or lateral drain serving more than one property is the responsibility of the sewage undertaken in your area.

Many household drains are classified sewers under jurisdiction of the water undertaker, and you will need their permission to carry out any work which may affect their drain or the access to maintain it.

Where the proposed new building or extension is to be built within 3 meters of the public sewer as indicated on the public sewer map, a full plans application will be required. Building Control has a duty to consult with the sewage undertaker where this is the case. The sewage undertaker has 15 days to raise any objections.

Public sewers can sometimes be found within the boundaries of properties even though they do not appear on the sewer map. Where these drains serve more than one property, they will be the responsibility of the sewage undertaker and you will require a build over agreement. This may be asked for in the future if you decide to sell your property.

The building control approval and completion certificate is not a substitute for a build over agreement.

Any extension that is built over or close to a sewer or drain shown on the official map of sewers or not as the case maybe, must comply with the requirements of Requirement H4 of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations.

You can find out whether any sewer or drain affected by your project is on the official map of sewers, by asking the Council. In such cases, we will have to consult the sewerage undertaken, who may stipulate conditions before you can carry out the work.

The Approved Document to Part H4 of the Building Regulations makes it clear extensions should not be constructed over a manhole or inspection chamber or other access fitting on any sewer serving more than one property.

Drains and sewers must be adequately bridged and protected, and foundations extended locally to allow for such pipework to pass through walls where they are less than two metres deep.

In some situations, special foundation arrangements must be made to protect drains and sewers, and the building or extension itself, from the effects of settlement.

Before undertaking any building work close to or over drains and sewers, you should consult your local authority building control team, or alternatively consult the sewer authority who you pay your water bills too.

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