Full plans notice
You can use a full plans notice for all types of building work. The benefit of using it is that it can reduce problems once work starts on site.
About full plans notices
A full plans notice is a system of submitting plans and details of a project to us so we can check they comply with the building regulations.
The main advantage of doing this is that once we have approved your plans, you will receive an approval notice.
This can cut down on problems later because your builder can then work to those drawings knowing that they will comply with the regulations.
Who can apply for a full plans notice
Anyone can apply for a full plans notice.
When to use it
You can use it for all types of building work but you will have to use it for certain projects with a high fire risk, such as shops and offices.
There are two lots of fees to pay. The first fee is for checking the plans and is payable on deposit. The second is an inspection fee and is payable after the first inspection. For details, see our Fees and guidance [298kb].
How to apply for a full plans notice
You must complete two copies of the full plans notice [200kb] form and send full plans and details of the proposals to us for approval.
For domestic work, we will need two copies of the plans. For other work, we need four copies.
You will need to pay the first fee at the time you apply. If you prefer, you can use our secure online payment system.
What happens next
We must decide your application within five weeks, or eight weeks by joint agreement.
We will usually approve the application, with or without conditions, but we may reject it in extreme cases.
Our aim is to check plans within 14 days and to approve them, if possible. We can only achieve this with the full and prompt co-operation of all parties involved.
Once we have completed statutory and agreed inspections to our satisfaction, we will issue a completion certificate.