Full plans application

A full plans application is suitable for all building work but is usually for larger projects such as:

  • extensions
  • conversions
  • new builds

Detailed drawings of the proposed project need to be submitted with your application for approval well in advance of when work is due to begin on site.

What plans to include with your application

You can upload 20 PDF, GIF or JPG files.

We require detailed drawings (all to a scale of 1:50 or 1:100) of the proposed building works – these should include:

  • a plan of the proposed building or extension
  • a cross-section showing the construction details
  • an elevation
  • a block plan at a scale of 1:1250 showing the location of the site and the drainage details
  • an initial fire risk assessment (if the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies to the proposal)

Once you have submitted your application, make a note of the application reference number as you will need this to make a payment and submit any additional documents.

Guidance notes for completing the form can be found on our help page.

Make a full plans application

Fees and charges

A full plans application involves a two-stage payment, one when you submit your plans and one following the first inspection on site for which you will receive an invoice.

Please see our fees and charges

Fee exemptions - disabled adaptations

A fee exemption may apply to building works that are essential to enable a disabled person to use or move around a property. To apply for this exemption, please complete our building regulations disability eligibility declaration [docx] 23KB.

If you are unable to make an online application, you can contact building control to request a paper form.

Make a payment

Once you have submitted the application and viewed the fees, you need to make payment.

Make a payment online

Alternatively, you can phone us to make your payment:

Phone 01903 737756

What happens next

Once we have received your application, plans and fee you can expect a decision within 5 weeks (which is extendable to 2 months with agreement).

Your application is valid for 3 years. If works are not commenced within this time the application will be closed and a new application will be required.

Conditional and staged approval are available which are suitable for more complex projects. Please email for details.

Once works are complete you must arrange a completion inspection.