Make an application for building regulations approval
Unless the building work you are proposing is exempt from Building Regulations you must seek approval.
As well as planning applications, you can now also submit a building control application online with the Planning Portal Building Control application service
Check if you need to apply for building regulations approval
If you are unsure if you require building regulations approval you will need to check as not all work requires it.
If you don't need building regulations approval you may still need planning permission.
How to apply
Many jobs in the home need to be notified to and approved as being compliant with building regulations by a 'building control body' (BCB). The easiest way is to use Uttlesford District Council Building Control to do this.
Why use Uttlesford Building Control? - we have a lot to offer to help you with your building project.
As well as planning applications, you can now also submit a building control application to us online with the Planning Portal.
Apply by downloading a form and sending it to us by email or post
Download or print out a copy of the relevant Word or PDF form - you can find these in the relevant sections below. Please then email it to us at email@example.com Alternatively, you can send it by post or drop it off at our reception in Saffron Walden.
Full Plans application
If you are borrowing money to finance your proposals the finance company, e.g. bank or building society, may require you to adopt the full plans procedure. Where plans submitted comply or following consultation are amended to comply with the building regulations, a formal approval notice will be issued. If the plans are rejected, the local authority will provide you or your agent with a schedule of works which are in contravention of the building regulations indicating where additional information or amendments are required.
Building notice application
This procedure cannot be used where building work is in connection with a building which is a non-domestic building and is a workplace. The building notice must be submitted NOT LESS THAN 48 hours before work begins on site. The council does not pass or reject plans, but monitors the work for compliance with the building regulations as it proceeds on site. It is important to note that the use of this method infers that the person(s) carrying out the work is / are capable of doing so in compliance with building regulations and without the aid of detailed plans.
Help and support
You can use the Planning Portal help centre to support you with completing your online application. If you encounter a problem filling out an application or have a query with how to use the Portal website the help centre should be able to assist you.
► Building regulations approval guidance on GOV.UK