Your building work must comply with the Building Regulations. There are two options when submitting an application for building works; a full plans application or a building notice applicationPlanning permission - the rules have changed

How to submit an application?

All applications can be submitted in one of two ways;

  • email - A completed application form and all supporting documentation can be sent directly to us via email to: buildingcontrol@redbridge.gov.uk
  • post - A completed application form and all supporting documentation can be posted to us. Please attach a covering letter stating the address and send to; London Borough of Redbridge, Building Control Services, Town Hall, High Road, Ilford, IG1 1DD

You will also need to consider whether your project is subject to The Party Wall. Act 1996, under which you must give all adjoining owners notice. For more information please read The Party Wall. Act 1996 guidance on the Government's website.

Building near a public sewer

If you are building over or within three metres of a public sewer, you are advised to consult Thames Water utilities.

Which type of application?

1. Full Plans Application

Your architect draws up plans and provides full construction details for the work. The Local Authority checks the plans/details for compliance with the Building Regulations.

If there are any defects with the plans/details, a schedule requesting amendments be made is issued to your architect. Once amended plans/details are received, the application is re-checked.

Advice about preparing plans that shows sufficient detail for your proposal can be found on the LABC "Getting your plans right first time" document (PDF 188KB)

If the Local Authority accepts that the plans/details comply with the Building Regulations, the application receives approval. The advantage of this method means you then have some idea of what is required by the Local Authority and the cost implications.

For a Full Plans Application you will need to submit:

  • two copies of a full plans application form
  • two copies to metric scale of detailed floor plans, elevations and sections; including technical notes, calculations and specifications (an additional 2 copies may be required for a fire brigade consultation).
  • a 1:1250 scale block plan showing the size and position of the building, or the building as extended in relation to adjoining boundaries, buildings and adjacent streets
  • relevant fee, see the fee schedule webpage.

For guidance on submitting applications you can read through our Guidance Notes for Building Control Applications (pdf 58kb)

Fire safety

If you answered yes to the Fire Safety Order on the application form, you will need to send us four copies of the plans either by email to buildingcontrol@redbridge.gov.uk or by post to Building Control, London Borough of Redbridge, PO Box 2, Town Hall, High Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1DD.

 

2. Building Notice Application

You need to submit basic plans showing the size and position of the extension and a location plan for the property.  For a loft conversion you usually need to submit structural calculations and plans. However, the plans do not get checked as using this method is meant to imply that your builder has knowledge of the Building Regulation requirements.

For a Building Notice you will need to submit:

  • one copy of a building notice form
  • if you are applying for a new building or an extension we will need a 1:1250 metric scale block plan showing the size and position of the building, or the building as extended in relation to adjoining boundaries, buildings and adjacent streets 
  • if appropriate a written estimate based on a commercial builder's costs (excluding VAT)
  • relevant fee, see the fee schedule webpage.

For guidance on submitting applications you can read through our Guidance Notes for Building Control Applications (pdf 58kb)

What if I've completed work?

Regularisation Application

When building work has already been carried out after November 11 1985 without having building control consent, the works are considered unauthorised. Building control consent for these works can still be applied for through a process called regularisation.

After completing and sending in your regularisation application form, we will contact you to arrange a building control officer to inspect the property. The building control officer will let you know if anything needs to be done for a regularisation certificate to be issued.
It is important to note that sometimes it may be necessary that the applicant opens up and exposes parts of the work in order to prove compliance with the building regulations.

It is the responsibility of the property owner where works are being carried out to ensure that all necessary approvals are obtained for the works.

If you are employing a builder

The responsibility will usually be theirs - but you should confirm this at the very beginning. You should also bear in mind that if you are the owner of the building, it is ultimately you who may be served with an enforcement notice if the work does not comply with the Building Regulations.

The responsibility for checking that the Building Regulations have been met falls to Building Control Bodies - either from the Local Authority or the private sector as an Approved Inspector. The person carrying out the work has the choice of where to get approval for the building work.

In the case of some minor works, the contractor (if approved to do so) may be able to self-certify the work, meaning you will not need to seek approval directly yourself - the contractor will notify the Building Control Body of their work and that it has been done in accordance with the Building Regulations.

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