There are two ways of submitting a proposal under the Building Regulations, the two ways are as follows:-
The first method is by ways of Full Plans. This involves submitting detailed drawings of the proposed projects and these details are checked for compliance against the current standards. Conditional and stage approval are available, which are especially suitable for more complex schemes.
The second method is by way of a Building Notice. This procedure is useful for certain types of projects, especially minor works, e.g. enlarge a window opening. Although plans and details are usually needed, they are not formally approved and as a consequence, a greater emphasis is placed on controlling site work. Schemes are checked on site for compliance throughout the course of construction.
A Regularisation Certificate should be applied when works have been carried out without Building Regulations consent. Detailed drawings of the project would have to be submitted and would be checked for compliance with the Building Regulations. Elements of the works would need to be exposed on site to show compliance with the submitted drawings and the Building Regulations. Any contraventions would need to be corrected before a Regularisation Certificate could be issued.