Warwick Building ControlTypes of application

There are two basic types of application; Full Plans and Building Notice. The overall cost of the application will be the same whichever route you choose to use. The main differences are outlined below. 

Full Plans

For this type of application you need to submit detailed plans which we will check to see if they meet the Building Regulations. Most architects and plan drawers will do this on behalf of their clients. This is not to be confused with planning permission, which is a separate process dealt with by the development control section of the planning department. Typically this type of application is used for larger domestic building works, e.g. extensions and loft conversions together with all non-domestic projects.

When can Full Plans be used?

For all types of building without any restriction.

What is required with the submission?

Two copies of drawings, specification and, if required, calculations.

  • A site location plan.
  • Completed application form.
  • Appropriate plan fee.
  • If the work is to a building to which the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies, then a further two sets of plans detailing fire safety measures that are to be taken, to allow consultation with the Fire Service as appropriate.

What will the Council do with my application?

  • Your application is registered and an acknowledgement sent to either yourself or agent.
  • The plans are checked for compliance with the Building Regulations. If there are any defects you or your agent will be notified. We will try to convey these within 14 days of receiving your application.
  • When the plans comply with the Building Regulations we will Approve your application
  • If either you or your agent do not resolve the defects within 5 weeks, extendable to 2 months of deposit, the Council has a statutory duty to reject the application.
  • Following rejection, amended plans may be submitted for approval at any time. No further charge is payable provided the work is substantially the same.

Advantages of Full Plans

  • Plans approved if suitable and Notice sent to you or your agent.
  • Protection of approved plans.
  • Usually a two part charge for our service. Plans and Inspection Charge.
  • Your builder works from approved plans.
  • Approval Notice to hand onto any future purchaser of the premises.

Disadvantages of Full Plans

  • You wait for plans to be prepared.
  • You may have agents fees to pay.

Building Notice

This type of application is for domestic building projects only, and while there is no limit in the size of project, it is more suitable for smaller building works where plans are not so involved. Typically this would be smaller extensions, garage conversions, replacement windows, removal of a wall etc.

When can a Building Notice be given?

Only for works to domestic dwellings.

What is required with the submission?

  • A site location plan.
  • Completed application form.
  • Appropriate fee.

Unlike Full Plans, other than a site plan, drawings are not normally required. We can request additional information in order to show compliance with the Building Regulations. If this becomes necessary we will write to either you or your agent.

What will the Council do with my Building Notice?

If acceptable, it will be acknowledged within 5 days of receipt.

Advantages of Building Notice

  • No plans except site plan to prepare.

Disadvantages of Building Notice

  • You may not know that the work is incorrect until it is inspected.
  • All charges (Plans and Inspection) are paid at the time of deposit (Non Refundable).
  • No approval notice.
  • Plans and calculations are sometimes required to support your application.
  • All work must comply with the Building Regulations. Without plans a clear knowledge of the requirements is essential.


For information on the regularisation of works which have already taken place, see our page on unauthorised works.

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