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Make a building regulation application

How to make a building regulation application, from full plans, to building notices and demolition.

Last updated: 2 December 2021

Make a full plans application

Apply online

Information and to make a full plans application on the submit-a-plan website 

Apply in writing

How to pay

Return your application with the following:

  • detailed plans
  • specifications
  • structural calculations
  • a location plan to scale showing the size and building boundaries
  • the fee

By law, you must give us extra plans for work to workplaces. For example:

  • shops
  • factories
  • offices
  • public buildings

Make a building notice application

Apply online

Apply in writing

To apply for building notice in writing, you must provide a location plan to scale showing the building and boundaries.

How to pay

Make a building demolition application

Apply online

Apply in writing

To apply for building notice in writing, you must provide a location plan to scale showing the building and boundaries.

How to pay

Make a regularisation application

You’ll need building regulation approval for most building works.

If you overlook this and do works without permission, you may not be able to sell your property. 

So, if you have carried out any unauthorised (building regulation works) since 11 November 1985 then you can now make an application for a regularisation certificate.

Apply online

Apply in writing

  • Regularisation application form (PDF)
  • complete the form and send with plans and documents showing the works carried out
  • if you carried out fire safety works to the building, send in copies of the plans

How to pay

  1. The list of fees (PDF) tell you how much to pay 
  2. Pay the fees online
  3. How we calculate fees and charges in our guidance notes on charges (PDF)
  4. Building control charge quotation

Make a reversion application

If the building work on the project has commenced but your Approved Inspector is no longer able to carry out their building regulation obligation, the Initial Notice will firstly need to be cancelled. If the Approved inspector has not already cancelled the Initial Notice, then the person instructing the work (for example, the owner) must cancel the Initial Notice before any further progress can be made. A prescribed form is linked below.

If the works have been commenced, then once the Initial Notice has been cancelled, the project must (and legally can only) revert to your Local Authority building control team. A formal reversion application is required and the form is linked below.

If the work hasn’t started, but the appointed Approved Inspectors cannot fulfill their obligations, then again the Initial Notice must be cancelled by either the Approved Inspector themselves or by the person instructing the works, but after that, the project is back open to competition for the Building Regulations function, and Waltham Forest’s Building Control Team would love to help and give you a quote to help get your project back on track quickly.

We understand that reversion process may have been brought on unexpectedly and may be confusing, so if you’d prefer please contact us before submitting the application, please do so we’ll do all we can to ensure a smooth transition through the process.

Apply in writing

Complete the form/s and send or email back to us along with plans and documents showing the works and any documents or inspection logs from the Approved Inspector to help us determine how much of the work carried out so far complies with the relevant regulations. Where this information is not available, we may require you to open up various elements of the construction to prove compliance.

How to pay

Find out how much you need to pay by downloading this list of charges and you can pay online