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Building Control Applications

Please note:

  •  If you are paying by cheque, please ensure that they are made payable to 'Somerset Building Control Partnership'.
  •  If payment has not been received within 7 working days, SBCP hold the right to make the application invalid and return all documentation.

Full Plans applications

This type of application is required for all non domestic or commercial work. If you are carrying out work to a domestic property, you can either submit a Full Plans or Building Notice application, depending on which is more suitable for you; please read on to see more information to help identify which type of application would be the best option.

Drawings, details and other supporting information are submitted for checking and a formal decision notice is given. The advantage of using this method is that the plans can be examined and approved before work starts and the builder can follow the approved drawings in the knowledge that the work complies with the regulations. Work such as an extension or a new dwelling are generally submitted under a Full Plans application, along with architectural plans.

Most applications are checked within 15 working days of deposit meaning even where work has started, problems can be identified before work reaches an advanced stage. Approved plans may be used for up to three years after deposit even if regulations change. When making an application using this method, the plan fee is payable when the application is submitted. The remainder of the total fee will be invoiced after the first inspection takes place.

► Make a Full Plans application online

► If you would prefer a paper form, a PDF version is available here: pdf icon Building Regulations Application form [73kb]

► pdf icon Building Control Charges [158kb]


Building Notice applications

This is a less detailed form of application where minimal information is initially required and no formal decision is given. It can mean there is no delay while detailed plans are produced and there is no cost involved in the preparation of detailed plans.

The process of achieving compliance is much more heavily weighted towards the work in progress. This form of application is primarily intended for smaller domestic projects where detailed plans are not felt appropriate. Please note this type of application cannot be used for non-domestic buildings. Should you decide to use this route then the full fee is paid when you submit the building notice (this is the combined plan fee and inspection fee).

► Make a Building Notice application online

► If you would prefer a paper form, a PDF version is available here: pdf icon Building Regulations Application form [73kb]

pdf icon Building Control Charges [158kb]

Regularisation applications

Regularisation Applications can be made where work was carried out after 11 November 1985 without plans being deposited or a Building Notice given. The local authority can ask for parts of the work to be opened up for inspection, or require further work to be done. It may not always be possible to establish compliance with Building Regulations, but where it is possible a Regularisation Certificate will be issued.

► Make a Regularisation application online

► If you would prefer a paper form, a PDF version is available here: pdf icon Regularisation Application form [71kb]

pdf icon Regularisation Charges [89kb]

Applications database

You can also browse through the database of all Building Regulations applications made to the Somerset Building Control Partnership from its launch in April 2016 for sites in Sedgemoor, Mendip, Taunton Deane and West Somerset. For applications for sites in Sedgemoor District, a historic archive of applications is available for up to a period of 15 years from the date of submission. 

View the full Building Control Applications database

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