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The Building Control Process

How does the Building Control Approval process work? From choosing your provider to which form to complete, we explain it here.

Choose Your Building Control Provider

You can choose the building control provider that best fits your needs. We are your local authority building control team offering a not-for-profit service working as part of the local authority building control (LABC) network. We share the same ethos of impartiality, accountability and technical consistency embedded in the LABC network.

Known variously as building inspectors, district surveyors or building control surveyors, we are impartial building professionals with in-depth local knowledge of site conditions and issues. We have expertise in the Building Regulations, British and European standards and codes of practice that the new building must comply with.

Our helpful Operations Team staff are on hand to offer you support and guidance with making your application. 
Speak with our team on 01438 879990 or use our Request a Quote form to find out what the likely charges will be.

Submit Your Building Regulations Applications

You can apply to your local building control authority in one of two ways: 

Full Plans application:

For the majority of these applications, the building control team will check and ‘approve’ the plans before work starts. You’ll need to submit all drawings, specifications, and where necessary, calculations for structure, thermal, water consumption, and so on. These are usually submitted by the architect or plan drawing agent who is designing your project. Submitting this type of application reduces the risk of contravening the regulations and helps avoid costly delays.

Building Notice:

This is generally used for small internal alterations e.g. removal of a chimney breast, or forming a through lounge. Plans are not formally checked. You cannot use this application if you are building over or within 3m of a public sewer or building a new dwelling which fronts onto a private road, or for any commercial works.

The work can commence within 48 hours of the council receiving the notice. N.B. you need to be aware that a Building Notice puts more responsibility for knowing and complying with the building regulations on the person carrying out the work and the property owner.

So, if you are unsure, the Full Plans route with an approved plan will give you the assurance that you won’t be taking a risk on site.

Once submitted an experienced Building Control Surveyor will take over to carry out an assessment of the application, aiming to respond within 15 working days. That could be an approval or advice on any matters that need to be resolved so that we can approve the application.

The Build!

We will let you know the stages at which we need to be notified (by you or your builder) to carry out site inspections of the work in progress.

It’s not uncommon for you to want to deviate from the approved plans. Your surveyor will be happy to discuss these changes and any implications at a site meeting.

By using our Local Authority service, you will benefit from proper independent checking of the building work at all critical stages by a suitably qualified surveyor with no affiliations to your builder.

Your building surveyor will look at:

  • Foundations
  • Ground and floors
  • Damp proofing
  • Roof structure
  • Drainage
  • Structural beams and openings
  • Fire proofing
  • Thermal insulation


So, your new building project is finished! We will verify it meets with building regulations before it is put into use. Following a satisfactory final inspection, we will provide you with a building regulations completion certificate. This is an important document used by solicitors/personal search agents when you come to sell your property. Your certificate may also be required by mortgage lenders and property insurers. 

Enjoy your improved home!

See our complete set of FAQ’s from applying and inspections to gaining your completion certificate.

Do you have a question about Building Regulations?

Speak to one of our Team about your project

Just to stress the importance of leaving building sites safe, the importance of CDM and temporary support! This incident in Bushey over the bank holiday involved two buildings, the injured party was very fortunate. Pleased to be called upon #publicservice #construction @labcuk