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Building Control approval is totally separate to Planning Permission. You may need one, or the other, or both. Planning Permission deals with the appearance of the proposal and the effect it will have on the neighbours etc whereas we exist to ensure buildings are safe to use, energy efficient and accessible to all. This is largely achieved through the Building Regulations by the approval of plans and site inspections.
At Devon Building Control our service extends well beyond that, ensuring that homes and businesses have access to surveyors for advice at the design stage right through to the completion of the works.
Full Plans Application – Suitable for all work. Plans are checked for compliance with Building Regulations, giving you and your builder peace of mind as you will be working to approved drawings. All non domestic work must be covered by a Full Plans application.
Building Notice Application – Suitable for all domestic work providing you are not building over or within 3m of a public sewer, or building a new dwelling which fronts onto a private road. If you are in any doubt, please contact South West Water or us for further clarification.
Whichever application type is submitted, work will be checked on site at various stages. Upon completion of works, a certificate is issued which will be needed when the property is sold.
There is also a Regularisation Application – this is when works have already been started or completed without a previous application. Only works commenced since 1985 can be regularised.
Some examples of when a Building Regulation application is required:-
Some examples of exempt building work:-
Under Section 80 of the Building Act 1984, in most cases there is a requirement to submit a Notice to the Council if demolition is being carried out to a building more than 1750 cubic feet (approximately 49metres³). The exceptions to this are:
If you are carrying out non-exempt demolition works, you should submit a Section 80 Notice, along with a site plan edging buildings to be demolished in red, to ourselves 6 weeks prior to the intended commencement date. Download a form here. There is currently no charge for this process. You also have a duty to notify occupiers of adjoining buildings, the gas and the electricity suppliers, where applicable.
What Happens Next
Within 6 weeks of receipt of the notice, we will issue a notice under Section 81 or the Building Act 1984 outlining any applicable conditions or requirements of the demolition works. A copy of this will be sent to both the person intending to carry out the works and the applicant, as well as owners/occupiers of adjoining buildings, and other relevant Authorities. Once you have received this notice, and complied with any relevant conditions, you are entitled to start works.
Before starting any work that is likely to disturb asbestos, a suitable and sufficient risk assessment and a plan of work should be prepared. Further information regarding asbestos can be found on the HSE website.
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