A Building Notice submission is useful for building work on small domestic projects and where the person carrying out the work is familiar with the Building Regulations, enabling work to proceed quickly without the deposit of plans.

Image of the Local Authority Building Control LogoFor the Building Notice procedure only a site location plan is required. This avoids the cost of having detailed plans prepared. It is more appropriate for minor works, e.g. installation of bathrooms, removal of dividing walls, insertion of windows etc.

The Building Notice procedure does not involve plan checking but work must still comply with the Building Regulations.  Building work will be inspected more frequently and you will not receive an approval notice. Use of a Building Notice means there will be no procedure to seek a determination from the Secretary of State if there is a dispute between you and the local authority.

Notice must be given to enable the Building Control Surveyor to inspect at various stages of the work.

A Building Notice cannot be used for a building put to a designated use under the Fire Precautions Act 1971. It should also be noted that the use of a Building Notice will simplify the initial procedure but this method cannot be used when the proposed works require consultation to take place with the Fire Service.

If, before commencement or while the work is in progress, the Building Control Team require further information such as structural design calculations or plans, you must supply details requested.

The advantages of using Building Notice application

  • Detailed plans are not always required, producing savings in time and cost

The disadvantages of using Building Notice application

  • You must feel confident that the works comply with the Building Regulations or you risk having to correct it after inspection.
  • You may have to submit plans and calculations at a later stage
  • No Approval Notice will issued.
  • A Building Notice may not be accepted for mortgage purposes.

Building Notice application form and list of fees

Completed forms and any other documentation should be returned:

By email to: buildingcontrol@basildon.gov.uk - Include attachments of your completed application and supporting plans etc. Please include a phone number if you would like us to contact you for payment of Building Control fees by phone.

By post to:

Building Control Services
Basildon Council
The Basildon Centre
St Martin's Square
Basildon, Essex
SS14 1DL