Building Control and the Building Regulations aim to protect the health and safety of people in and around buildings.
Building control charges
View the Building Regulations Charges Scheme No 1, 2010 (11KB PDF file)
View the Schedule of charge (fees) 2011 (113KB PDF file) Payment can be made using the online payment system or by cheque. Cheques must be made payable to the "London Borough of Waltham Forest" and submitted with the application.
Building work, replacements and repairs to your home
Read the building work, replacements and repairs to your home guide before starting work (156KB PDF file)
- Full plans application (50KB word file)
- Full plans application (23KB PDF file)
- Full plans guidance note (21KB PDF file)
- Building Control search request (34KB word file)
- Building Control search request (22KB PDF file)
- Building Notice application (48KB Word file)
- Building Notice application (28KB PDF file)
- Building Notice guidance note (21KB PDF file)
- Regularisation certificate application (39KB Word file)
- Regularisation certificate application (24KB PDF file)
- Regularisation guidance note (17KB PDF file)
- Notification of the Local Authority of demolition works (37KB word file)
- Notification of the Local Authority of demolition works (24KB PDF file)
Building Control application forms process
Building Control full plans
This is the most widely used option, where plans drawn to scale showing the proposed construction, often with structural calculations are submitted.
This procedure can be used for new buildings, extensions and alterations to existing buildings and where the use of the building is changed.
Full plans applications are determined within five weeks, or by agreement within two months of the date submitted. Full plans applications are valid for three years from the date of the deposit.
A surveyor checks the plans against the minimum standards of the Building Regulations. Any queries or issues will be raised with the applicant or their agent (often an architect or surveyor), so that the plans can be amended accordingly.
Submitting an application
You will need to supply:
- Detailed plans
- Structural calculations
- A location plan to scale showing the size and position of the proposed building and its relationship to adjoining boundaries
- The appropriate fee
Additional plans are required for work to buildings that are workplaces, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. For example:
- Public buildings
Building Control building notice
A Building Notice is intended for minor building works like:
- Chimney breast removal
- Recovering of roofs
- Installing a new bathroom (approval is not needed for refurbishing an existing bathroom / toilet)
- Converting an attached garage to a habitable room
- Forming a through lounge
- Replacing windows
A full plans application must be submitted:
- When the proposed building works involve building over or within three metres of a public sewer
- Building works involving a workplace. The local authority is required to consult with the fire brigade and provide them with the proposed plans
Building works can start after two working days once the notice has been validated. Building Notice applications are not formally approved, you do not have the same protection as you would have using the full plans application procedure. The notice procedure relies on the person carrying out the works having a sound knowledge of building construction and being familiar with requirements of the Building Regulations.
Submitting an application
A location plan to scale showing the building and boundaries should be provided.
Building control regularisation
Sometimes building works such as alterations or extensions are carried out with a building regulation application being submitted. This is likely to cause difficulty if the property is sold.
If the works were carried out since 11 November 1985 the regularisation procedure can be used.
The applicant is usually the building owner.
Two copies of this notice should be completed and submitted with plans and particulars indicating the works carried out.
Where Part B (Fire Safety) imposes a requirement in relation to building work, a further two copies of the plans should be deposited.
A regularisation application must be accompanied by the appropriate charge or fee. The appropriate charge is dependent upon the type of work carried out. Scales of charges and methods of calculation are set out in the guidance notes on charges. See guidance note (17KB PDF file)
The works being regularised must satisfy the requirements that were current when the building works were carried out.
The works will need to be inspected.
Opening up may be required in order that the works can be properly inspected.
Submitting an application for a regularisation certificate does not in its self guarantee that a certificate will be issued.
Submitting an application
If the building works were carried out in a work place plans showing the building works are required.
The appropriate fee should be submitted with the application.
Notification of demolition work
Anyone intending to undertake the demolition of a building in Waltham Forest must notify Building Control in writing under Section 80 of the Building Act 1984. The demolition notice must be submitted at least six weeks before the demolition is to be carried out. See demolition of buildings
Demolition works may also require consent under the Town Country Planning legislation. See Planning Portal
The applicant is usually the building owner.
Two copies of this notice should be completed and submitted with a location plan indicating the building or buildings to be demolished.
Details on application forms, drawings, specifications etc. must be clearly legible.
Dimensions etc. must be expressed in metric units.
- A brief summary of the Building Regulations (38KB PDF file)
- What is the difference between Building Control and Development Control (140KB PDF file)
- Electrical safety (22KB PDF file)
- Exempt Works (work not covered by the Building Regulations) (21KB PDF file)
- Choosing a Builder (80KB PDF file)
- If building work is carried out without an application? (31KB PDF file)
- Demolitions (83KB PDF file)
- Building Over or Close to Sewers (123KB PDF file)
- Conversion of buildings into flats (137KB PDF file)
- Loft Conversions (103KB PDF file)
- Loft Storage (16KB PDF file)
- Chimney Breast Removal (63KB PDF file)
- Re-covering Roofs (34KB PDF file)
- Replacing Windows (83KB PDF file)
- Conservatories (32KB PDF file)
- Porches (31KB PDF file)
- Party Walls (78KB PF file)
- Garden Walls (95KB PDF file)
- Right to light (135KB PDF file)
- Construction in bad weather (26KB PDF file)
- Fire doors and upgrading the fire resistance of existing doors (23KB PDF file)
- Trees and Buildings (104KB PDF file)
Building control service standards and statistics
- Building Control Service Standards (17KB PDF file)
- Building Control Service Questionnaire (28KB PDF file)
- Building Control Enforcement Procedures (31KB PDF file)
- Building Control Performance Statistics from October to December 2010 (17KB PDF file)
- Building Control Performance Statistics from July to September 2010 (17KB PDF file)
- Building Control Performance Statistics from April to June 2010 (17KB PDF file)
- Building Control Performance Statistics from January to March 2010 (16KB PDF file)
- Building Control Customer Satisfaction Survey November 2008 (40KB PDF file)
- Building Control Customer Satisfaction Survey January 2011 (58KB PDF file)
- Building Control Customer Survey results 2010/11 (45KB PDF file)
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- What work is covered by Building Control?
- What is the difference between Planning and Building Control?
- What work requires the submission of a Building Regulations application?
- How do I submit a Building Regulations application?
- Do I have to pay for the Building Control service?
- Can a planning application and a building control application be submitted at the same time?
- Do neighbours have the right to object to what is proposed in a Building Regulations application?
- What works are exempt from Building Control?
- Do I need an application for converting a house to flats?
- Do I need an application for converting a garage to a habitable room?
- Do I need an application for converting a loft to a room?
- Do I need an application for carrying out structural alterations within my property?
- Do I need to submit an application for replacing windows?
- What roofing works require an application?
- Do I need to submit an application for excavating a basement or enlarging an existing basement?
- Why is the water authority consulted regarding some building works?
- Must I consult the local authority if I am going to demolish some or part of a building?
- What can I do if I have carried out building works without submitting an application?
- Do I need an application to build a garage?
- Is an application required for a carport?
- Do I need an application to build a conservatory or porch?
- Do I need an application to build a small detached building on my land?
- Do I need an application to install insulation in the cavity walls of my house?
- Do I need an application to carry out repairs to my house or flat?
- How long does an application remain valid for?
- How soon can works start after submitting an application?
- At what stages of building works must I notify Building Control?
- What will happen if the necessary inspections have not been arranged and carried out?
- When is it alright to carry out noisy building work?
- How do I complain about building work?