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Building control

Find out how to make sure your building project complies with building regulations.
Changes to the Scheme of Delegation

On 29 March 2023, members agreed changes to the Council’s constitution and scheme of delegation.

The new scheme will be applied to applications with a Statutory Start Date of 30 March 2023 or later.  The changes are:

  • 10 or more objections will be required to trigger a planning committee meeting 
  • A scheme with an amenity society objection will be referred to a Chairs’ Review meeting

Building projects – site inspections

It is your responsibility to ensure we inspect your building project at the relevant key stages.

Submit a building notice

You may need to submit a building notice for works to an existing property.

Apply for full plans approval

You can apply for full plans approval for all commercial building work, all new buildings and some works to an existing property (for example, an extension or loft conversion).

Apply for regularisation

If you completed works without our approval, you need to apply for retrospective building control approval through a process called regularisation.

Building control approval

If you intend to build a new property or make changes to an existing property, you may need to apply for building control approval. This is completely separate to planning approval/permission.

Building control – frequently asked questions

Find the answers to commonly asked building control questions.

Building control fees

The Building control fees chart details the fees payable to us when you submit full plans or building notice applications.

About building control

Whether you are planning to build a small extension, a new property or just changing the use of your premises, talk to us before you do anything.

Apply for a demolition notice

If you are planning to demolish a building or part of a building, you must submit a demolition notice to us, giving at least six weeks' notice.

Report a dangerous structure

The Building Control team is responsible for making sure that buildings and structures in the borough do not present a danger to people in or near them.