Apply for approval

There are two methods of applying for building regulations approval either a full plans application, or by a building notice application. The inspection notification process and the total charge payable will be the same whatever method is used.

Full plans application

Drawings, details and other supporting information are submitted for checking and a formal decision notice is given. The advantage of using this method is that the plans can be examined and approved before work starts and  the builder can follow the approved drawings in the knowledge that the work complies with the regulations. Most applications are checked within 15 working days of deposit meaning even where work has started, problems can be identified before work reaches an advanced stage. Approved plans may be used for up to three years after deposit even if regulations change.

Building notice application

This is a less detailed form of application where minimal information is initially required and no formal decision is given. It can mean there is no delay while detailed plans are produced and there is no cost involved in the preparation of detailed plans. The process of achieving compliance is much more heavily weighted towards the work in progress. This form of application is primarily intended for smaller domestic projects where detailed plans are not felt appropriate. Please note this type of application cannot be used for non-domestic buildings.  Application form for both methods, together with guidance notes on how to apply, can be downloaded from the right of the page. The Building Regulation submission form needs to be filled in and sent together with the relevant fee to Building Control (see contacts section of this page).

Online building control applications

Here you can submit a full plans application, a building notice application or a regularisation application online. You can also search the building control application tracker.


If you are submitting an application on behalf of your client and your client is paying the fee.
Please put in the fee break down box “contact applicant for payment”

We will then send the registration letter to your client for payment.

The Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 2010 

As of the 08/02/2017 there will be a change to our charging scheme. Please note basements are now included.

In accordance with the above Regulations the Council charges and recovers its costs for chargeable building control services.  Our charges are bespoke and based on an hourly rate and account for factors as set out in the Regulations.

 We will provide written quotes for our services on receipt, hard or electronic copy, of sufficient information about your building control proposals.

Contact us for a bespoke fee for your application by Emailing: 

Please make cheques payable to South Oxfordshire District Council

Credit card payments can be made after you submit your application by ringing the Building Control support team on 01235 422700.

Please be aware that if you are thinking about carrying out building work to your home you may need planning permission as well as building regulations approval. More information about the difference between the two types of permission and how to apply for planning permission.

If you need more information or advice about a building control issue, please get in touch with the team.

Follow the links below:

Full plans application

When making an application using this method, the scheme of charges (in accordance with the Building Regulations 2010) which came into effect on 1 October 2010 requires the full fee to be paid when the application is submitted.

Building notice application

Should you decide to use this route then the full fee is paid when you submit the building notice (this is the combined plan fee and inspection fee). We would recommend that you should be totally confident that the work will be undertaken as no refund is available should you change your mind.

Last reviewed: 25 - 05 - 2018

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