Although it may seem daunting, the process of making an application is quite simple and can be broken down into the following stages:

Check to see if the work you intend to carry out requires a Building Regulations application

Examples of where an application is required are: extensions, loft conversions, new build and structural alterations as well as plumbing and heating projects.  The Planning Portal (external link) can provide you with information relating to what type of works would require a Building Regulations submission as well as guidance for many common building work projects.

Make a Building Regulations Application

If Building Regulations are required the next step is to decide what type of application you would like to submit. Complete the appropriate form and submit it to the Authority with any additional information (i.e. plans, structural calculations) and the appropriate fee.

Inform the Authority 48 hours prior to commencing work on site

You will need to contact Building Control either by telephoning or email using the information below.

Arrange site visits to allow a Building Control Surveyor to inspect the work as it progresses

The number and type of Inspections required depend on the type of work. Minor works generally need fewer inspections than complicated projects. However, you or your builder must tell us 24 hours before the following stages of the work (although 24 hours notice is required in the Building Regulations we will visit the site if contacted before 10:00am on the day):

  • Commencement of work
  • Excavation of foundations before concreting
  • Foundations when constructed
  • Damp Proof Course when laid
  • Site concrete or floor slab (before being laid)
  • Drains (before backfilling)
  • Drains (after backfilling)
  • Prior to occupation
  • Completion of work

The final stage

After the completion inspection and as long as all work meets the requirements of the Building Regulations, either a Completion Certificate or a Confirmation Notice (dependent on type of application) will be issued and should be kept for any future property sale.

Use of Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones)

Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (SUAVs) or drones have become far more common in recent years and can provide valuable advantages when carrying out Council operations, allowing Officers to carry out certain tasks with more efficiency and safety. The Wealden District Council Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Policy (pdf) has been adopted by the Council to ensure that Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (SUAVs) operation, associated with Wealden District Council, is carried out safely and in strict conformity with the Council’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved Operations Manual, the CAA issued Permission for Commercial Operations and the relevant legislation governing SUAV flight.