Building Control approval is totally separate to Planning Permission. You may need one, or the other, or both. Planning Permission deals with the appearance of the proposal and the effect it will have on the neighbours etc whereas we exist to ensure buildings are safe to use, energy efficient and accessible to all. This is largely achieved through the Building Regulations by the approval of plans and site inspections.
At Devon Building Control our service extends well beyond that, ensuring that homes and businesses have access to surveyors for advice at the design stage right through to the completion of the works.
Full Plans Application – Suitable for all work. Plans are checked for compliance with Building Regulations, giving you and your builder peace of mind as you will be working to approved drawings. All non domestic work must be covered by a Full Plans application.
Building Notice Application – Suitable for all domestic work providing you are not building over or within 3m of a public sewer, or building a new dwelling which fronts onto a private road. If you are in any doubt, please contact South West Water or us for further clarification.
Whichever application type is submitted, work will be checked on site at various stages. Upon completion of works, a certificate is issued which will be needed when the property is sold.
There is also a Regularisation Application – this is when works have already been started or completed without a previous application. Only works commenced since 1985 can be regularised.
Some examples of when a Building Regulation application is required:-
Some examples of exempt building work:-
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