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This application includes plans, specifications, and where necessary structural calculations. If you are undertaking commercial works, you can only submit under a Full Plan Application.


The details are checked to make sure they comply with the regulations. Once the application is checked and found to be satisfactory it will be approved. If not a letter will be sent, advising what amendments and or additional information is required to enable an approval to be issued.




  • The council must check your application and make a decision within statutory time limits.


  • Your builder works from approved plans so there is less chance of work having to be corrected during construction.


  • A Full Plans application may be necessary when borrowing money from a bank or building society to pay for the building work, as they usually ask to see an approval notice before they advance any funds.


  • An approval notice is issued which can then be passed onto any future purchaser of the premises.


  • You will gain peace of mind that your project will be safe, secure and that the process of construction is being monitored by qualified and experienced surveyors throughout the build.




There may be a delay while your architect for which they will charge a fee, prepares plans for producing the additional technical details and sectional drawings etc.




Building Notice applications should only be used for work which is not complex and by people experienced in construction.

They can only be used for domestic and not commercial work. A Building Notice application must be submitted at least 48 hours prior to work commencing. The notice will be checked and if found to be satisfactory a letter will be sent acknowledging the application




  • Only a site plan needs to be prepared but sometimes detailed plans and calculations are required to support the application.


  • The time taken to process and acknowledge your application is less than a Full Plans application.


  • The fees for a Building Notice application in most cases are exactly the same as a Full Plans application, but you

should note that the plan and inspection fee are paid on deposit of the application. These are non-refundable.




  • A Building Notice is not acceptable or appropriate for commercial buildings or complex projects.


  • Plans are not checked for compliance with the Building Regulations and no approval notice is issued, which may

                lead to work having to be altered on site and could increase the cost of the scheme.

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