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Applying for building control approval

If you're building something new, or making changes to an existing building, you may need building regulation approval.

This makes sure the work meets health and safety, energy and accessibility standards, and gives you the certificates of compliance you need when you want to sell your home or building.

Unlike our colleagues in planning, we do cover the Lake District National Park.

Apply direct to us for building control approval. More details on the types of application for different projects, and the fees involved are below.

Contacting the building control team

We can beat any quotation! We provide a service that is 'by your side and on your side'. We protect you by carrying out sufficient site inspections to ensure the work is up to the required standard to help make sure that no problems or issues arise in the future.

There are two ways to submit an building control application to us. The first is a Full Plans submission and the second is a Building Notice Submission.

Full Plans Submission

If you wish to have your plans checked and approved before the work starts, to avoid any costly errors and unnecessary work on site by not being fully up to speed with the ever changing regulations, we recommend you apply using Full Plans form.

An application sent this way needs to contain plans and other information showing all construction details. Please send these to us well in advance of when work is to start on site.

Find out more about making an application from the LABC.

Please use the application form below and submit it to us using the email shown above.

Download the Building Control application form

Download the Fees and Charges for Full Plans and Building Control Notices

Building Notice

If the work is uncomplicated and you are happy that you or your builder has a reasonably good understanding of the regulations, then you can submit a Building Notice application.

The advantage of the building notice procedure is that detailed drawings are not formally required for approval, although some details such as structural calculations may be required. You may start work 48 hours after your notice has been received by the local authority.

Find out more about making an application from the LABC.

Please use the application form below and submit it to us using the email shown above.

Download the Building Control application form

Download the Fees and Charges for Full Plans and Building Control Notices

If the work has already recently started or completed without proper consent, then you will need to make what is known as a Regularisation Application. 

The purpose of the process is to regularise the unauthorised works and obtain a certificate of regularisation which shows the work complies with the regulations. 

Depending on the circumstances you may need to expose work which has been carried out, remove some parts or rectify some of it, so that we can establish that you have complied with the building regulations.

You can even use this if the work was carried out by a former owner. Any work can potentially be regularised as long as it was carried out after the 11 November 1985. Ideally you should apply to us for building regulation approval before you start work.

If you have started work without applying for building control approval, we may still be able to give you approval but you need to tell us as soon as possible.

How do I apply?

Please use the application form below and submit it to us using the email shown above.

Download the Building Control application form

Download the Fees and Charges for Regularisation Notices

More advice

The video below from the LABC provides more information on a Regularisation Application.
 

You can apply for Notice of Intended Demolition by completed the application form below.

This would allow us to provide a Section 81 notice before you carry out any demolition work.

Find out more about demolitions from the LABC.

Apply now by downloading our application form

Once completed, send your application to our building control team in Workington.

Please remember that we are always happy to provide you with an individual quotation.

If your work involves different aspects to the work described or work that falls within more than one table please contact us, we will quickly get back to you with a personalised quotation.

We can beat any quotation! We provide a service that is 'by your side and on your side'. We protect you by carrying out sufficient site inspections to ensure the work is up to the required standard ensuring there are no problems or issues in the future.

Download the Fees and Charges for Full Plans and Building Control Notices

Download the Fees and Charges for Regularisation Notices

Download the other fees and charges, including for pre-application advice

Video: How does the building control process work?