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Paper based application

There are two ways of telling us that you are going to carry out building work.

Full plans application

Suitable for domestic or commercial works and includes plans, specifications, and sometimes structural calculations.

Full plans applications should include:

  • two completed copies of the Full Plans Form (PDF/84KB/2 pages)
  • two copies of the detailed drawings of the proposed building work to a scale of not less than 1:100
  • two copies of a site or location plan showing proposal site boundaries and position of public sewers, to a scale of not less than 1:1250
  • payment  (in page link to 'Building Control Fees and Guidance Notes' below) 

Building notice application

For people experienced in construction doing uncomplicated domestic work.

Building notice applications should include:

  • one copy of a  Building Notice Form (PDF/56KB/2 pages)
  • a site plan showing the proposed site boundaries and the position of the public sewers drawn to a scale of not less than 1:1250 (if the proposal is for a new building or an extension)
  • payment (in page link to 'Building Control Fees and Guidance Notes' below)  

Regularisation application

  • when you have carried out work to your property and were then told that you needed approval
  • only applicable to work carried out on or after 11 November 1985
  • please contact us for guidance

Regularisation Application Form (PDF/66KB/1 page)

Building control fees

The Building Regulation Charges are divided into a Plan and Inspection charge, or Building Notice charge. The following tables identify types of work and the relevant charges.

The basis of these charges are derived from Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 2010, valid from 1 April 2016.

If you have a project that does not come within the above parameters then please contact our Building Control Team on 01539 793 331 for an individual charge.

You can also email building.control@southlakeland.gov.uk with a PDF of your proposals and we will provide a competitive quote for your scheme.

Schedule 1 – Houses up to 300 square metres & flats up to 3 storeys

Charges for New Dwellings

All Charges Include VAT at 20%

 Number of dwelling types Plan charge  Inspection charge  Building notice 
 1  £270.00  £540.00  £810.00
 2  £360.00  £690.00  £1,050.00
 3  £450.00  £930.00  £1,380.00
 4  £570.00  £1,080.00  £1,650.00

Schedule 2 - Certain small domestic buildings & extensions

All charges include VAT at 20%

 Project type Full plans deposit  Full plans inspection  Building notice   Regularisation
 All attached garages and detached garages over 30m2 or under 60m2  £180.00  £180.00  £360.00  £450.00
 Domestic extensions over 4m2 up to 10m2  £180.00  £180.00  £360.00  £450.00
 Domestic extensions over 10m2 but under 20m2  £180.00  £300.00  £480.00  £600.00
 Domestic extensions over 20m2 but under 40m2  £180.00  £330.00  £510.00  £637.50
 Domestic extensions over 40m2 but under 60m2  £180.00  £420.00  £600.00  £750.00
 Domestic extensions over 60m2 but under 100m2  £180.00  £540.00  £720.00  £900.00
 A loft conversion up to 30m2  £180.00  £300.00  £480.00  £600.00

For extensions below 4m2 please refer to Schedule 3.

Please note: Unless otherwise agreed, schemes exceeding one year duration may be subject to an additional charge.

Schedule 3 - All other work

All charges include VAT at 20% - Regularisation charge is exempt from VAT

Fixed price based on estimated cost band  Plan  Inspection  Building notice   Regularisation (exempt from VAT) 
 £0 - £1,000.00  £96.00  No fee  £96.00  £120.00
 £1,001.00 - £2,000.00  £150.00  No fee  £150.00  £187.50
 £2001.00 - £5,000.00  £240.00  No fee  £240.00  £300.00
 £5,001.00 - £10,000.00  £90.00  £210.00  £300.00  £375.00
 £10,001.00 - £20,000.00  £90.00  £270.00  £360.00  £450.00
 £20,001 - £30,000.00  £120.00  £360.00  £480.00  £600.00
 £30,000.01 - £40,000.00  £150.00  £450.00  £600.00  £750.00

Building Control guidance notes

Schedule 1 – Houses up to 300 square metres & flats up to 3 storeys

Full plans

The Plan Charge is to be paid at the time plans are deposited with the council. An invoice for the inspection charge will be issued after the first inspection has been carried out.

Building notices

The charges must be paid at the time this Notice is submitted to the council

A Building Notice cannot be used for new houses where new roads or streets are to be constructed

  • the amount of the plan charge is based on the number of dwelling types contained in the application the inspection charge is based on the total units in the project
  • for five or more dwellings (or if the floor area of the dwelling exceeds 300m2 or flats over three storeys) the charge will be individually determined
  • for electrical work not covered under a Competent Persons Scheme, the basic inspection charge per dwelling will be £240.00 including VAT (account will be given to repetitive work and a discount may
    be applied)
  • Unless otherwise agreed, schemes exceeding one year in duration may be subject to an additional charge

Schedule 2 - Certain small domestic buildings & extensions and Schedule 3 - Other work

The Building Regulation Charges are divided into a Plan and Inspection charge, or Building Notice charge. The following tables identify types of work and the relevant charges.

The basis of these charges are derived from Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 2010, valid from 1 April 2016.

All Charges are subject to VAT at the appropriate rate. The Regularisation Charge however is exempt from VAT.

  • Full Plans - The Plan Charge is to be paid at the time plans are deposited with the council. Where an inspection charge applies, an invoice will be issued after the first inspection has been carried out
  • Building Notices - The charges are to be paid at the time this Notice is submitted to the council
  • Regularisation Charge - This type of application is solely for use where work undertaken on or after 11 November 1985 and is already completed without prior knowledge/notification to the council and house owners seek retrospective certification. However these charges are 150% of the net charge
  • Exemption - Where work is to provide access and facilities for disabled people in an existing domestic building, or is an extension of a room in a dwelling, where sole use will be for the carrying out of medical treatment or storage facilities for a disabled person, adaptation or replacement of accommodation, no charge is payable
  • Total Estimated Cost for Works - Under Schedule 3 Charges for all commercial/industrial/other residential and domestic alterations are taken from Schedule 3. These are based on an estimated cost that would be charged by a professional contractor, excluding professional fees and VAT
  • Small Buildings and Extensions (Schedule 2) - Where the work in question includes the erection of more than one extension to a building, the total floor areas of all such extensions should be combined to determine the charge payable in accordance with Schedule 2. Any work not indicated in Schedule 2 should refer to Schedule 3.
  • Stage Payments - In certain cases charges may be paid by installments, by prior agreement with the Building Control Team Leader