Building Regulations Applications

Do I need Building Regulation Approval?

 

Building Regulations are usually required for the following projects:

  • Make structural alterations to an existing building (including underpinning)

  • Change the use of an existing building (in certain cases)

  • Provide, extend or alter drainage facilities

  • Provision of a space heating or hot water service boiler

  • Provision of a hot water vessel

  • Erect a new building or extend an existing building (unless the building or extension is exempt from control under the regulations)

  • Provision of a new window, rooflight, roof window or door (being a door, which together with its frame has more than 50% of its internal face area glazed)

There are a number of exemptions that do not need Building Regulations approval - subject to certain criteria on size, construction and position relative to boundaries being met.

Examples may include: Garden sheds, Summer-houses, Domestic garages, Greenhouses, Conservatories, Porches and Carports.

 

More guidance on common projects and the legislation:

  

Making a Building Regulation Application

For advice and guidance on making an application please download a copy of the 

 

Building Control Information Sheet

Submit a Building Control application online

Using the Planning Portal is the preferred way to submit your application to us. Registration is easy and you can complete your application form, buy site location plans and upload supporting documents. 

The benefits of applying online include: 

 

  • You can work on your applications in draft before submission

  • Immediate delivery and acknowledgement

  • Savings on postage and printing costs

  • Online help function when completing applications

  • Online record of your completed applications

 

 

 

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Alternatively submit a Building Control application by post or email

 

There are three types of application you can make:  

 

Full Plans

This is the most widely known and used option, where scaled plans clearly indicating the proposed constructional details and where necessary supporting structural calculations, have to be submitted.

 

You will need to submit:

 

Building Notice

This method is recommended for minor works in residential properties only. This form cannot be used where works have commenced or where the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies.

 

You will need to submit:

You may commence work on site after giving the Local Authority 2 days working notice, in writing.


Regularisation Application

This applies to alterations or extensions carried out to buildings without first applying for a building regulation. For works undertaken after 11 November 1985 you can now apply to building control to regularise the situation and obtain a regularisation certificate.

 

The council is under no obligation to accept an application or issue a Regularisation certificate if we are not satisfied that the requirements of the building regulations have been achieved. 

 

You will need to submit:

 

Demolition Application

If you intend to demolish a building with a capacity of more than 50 cubic metres, written notice must be provided specifying the works intended. Demolition may not commence until you have received a counter notice and complied with the conditions or 6 weeks have passed.

 

It is not permitted to demolish a listed building, or part of it, or any building situated in the Conservation Area, without the necessary consent or planning permission.

 

You will need to submit:

 

Fees and payments for building control can be paid over the phone:

  

  • 01446 704842 or 01446 704609 / 01446 704829 or 01446 700111

 

Or make cheques payable to The Vale of Glamorgan Council and submit to Dock Office, Subway Road, Barry, CF63 4RT

Competent Persons Register

A Competent Person is a trades person or enterprise that has been adjudged to be sufficiently competent to self-certify that its work complies with the Building Regulations. 

Typically self certifying works may include, electrical work, gas installation, doors, windows and cavity insulation.

 

Further information can be found on the LABC and Welsh Government websites: