Suitable for work on domestic and non-domestic properties. Some minor work to domestic properties may be covered by a building notice application.
Full plans applications are required for projects such as:
- building a new property
- changing the use of a property (e.g. converting a dwelling into an office or a shop)
- conversion of a house into flats
- an extension where the floor area of the dwelling is increased by more than 10m², or
- an extension that creates a new storey greater than 3m² in floor area and requires access by stairs, for example a roof-space conversion
Along with a full plans application, you must provide duplicate copies of the full construction drawings of your proposals, a location map, an estimated cost of works and the fee for the application. This is paid in two parts, the plan fee when you make your application and an inspection fee when the work starts.
We then assess the plans and aim to deal with your application as promptly as possible. Your application will then either be approved, rejected or you will be asked for more information.
Approved – We will send you/your agent approval documents which include a ‘notice of approval’ and a stamped, approved copy of your drawings.
Rejected – We will send you/your agent a rejection notice. The notice will list the reasons for rejecting your application and will give details of the appeals procedure. Rejection may be because, for example, your application does not contain enough information or detail, has design problems, or does not cover fire-safety issues correctly. New drawings/designs correcting any issues needs to be submitted before your application can be approved.
Full plans application form and guidance notes: