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Application forms, fees and processes for building regulations

Validation

We will check whether we have all the information we need to register your application. This will include checking that the correct fee has been paid. We also check the Wessex Water map of sewers to make sure whether the development will be within three metres of a public sewer. A building notice may not be submitted where the proposed work is within three metres of a public sewer.

If your application is invalid we will contact you by letter within three working days, identifying what you need to provide for us to validate it.

Once an application is received and validated works may commence on site. You will need to notify us when works are due to commence to enable us to carry out a site inspection.

Registration

Once the application has been validated, it will be registered and an acknowledgement sent to you or your agent.

Assessment of the proposals (Full plans only)

We will assess your application against the national building regulations and any other relevant guidance. A full plans application will receive a full check by a building control surveyor.

An application will receive a decision which may be approved, approved with conditions or rejected. If plans are rejected, a revised application may be submitted to address the issues without an additional fee.

Consultation

Before making a decision on your application we may carry out necessary consultations with Wessex Water, Avon Fire and Rescue and other services such as environmental health.

Site inspections

Once an application is received and validated works may commence on site. Our surveyors will visit the site throughout the project. An inspection framework is included on our acknowledgement letter and the owner is responsible for making sure we are notified at the right stages to inspect the work as it progresses. It is advised to await approval prior to commencement of work to minimise risks and added costs.

Fees and application forms

To see our latest fees and application forms please see the downloads.

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