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Building control

We have temporarily changed the way we process all building control applications. This is because we are following government and PHE advice and, where possible, our staff are working from home.

You can submit your Building Control applications by completing the form at the bottom of the page or email it to  Please do not send us paper copy applications, paper representations/comments, cheques or cash as they may not get processed.

We are now taking onsite visits requests and where it is safe to do so we are resuming site inspections. Unfortunately due to the current situation and for the time being we aren’t able to offer same day site inspections and we do request that you contact us by to book an inspection by 3.30pm the day PRIOR to the day the site inspection is required. Where it isn’t possible to carry out an onsite inspection we are trying to accommodate alternative arrangements to maintain the service and if you are continuing to work on site it is important that you contact us so key stages of your building works can be inspected. This will also ensure that we have record of the site works as they progress and we can issue the final completion certificate. For applications received from February 2019 an inspection log issued to the applicant will identify key stages of the building works. If you are unsure what constitute a “key stage” please do not hesitate to contact us.

To book a site visit please call us on 01235 422700 or, email us at with details of the site address, type of inspection required, your name and very importantly a contact telephone number.”


Building Control works to ensure the safety of people in and around buildings. 

Our dedicated Southvale team check plans and carry out site inspections to ensure that every stage of the building work meets regulations and is safe, energy efficient and healthy.

We offer:

  • plan checks
  • Site inspections which we aim to accommodate where possible the same day if requested by 9:00am
  • completion certificates issued within 48 hours of final inspection
  • response to enquiries
  • locally based offices
  • personal service to meet your building control needs
  • no hidden costs for additional inspections

Fees and charges

Please find below the table of our fees.  Payments can be made by phone by calling 01235 422700.

Fee Schedule 1 April 2020 (249.2 KB) PDF

For any bespoke building control quotes please email

Our building control fees are based on an hourly rate accounting for factors as set out in The Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 2010.

Does your building work need approval?

Building regulations set minimum standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the safety and health for people in or around them.

The person responsible for carrying out the building work and, if they are not the same person, the owner of the building, must ensure that it meets these requirements.

To find out whether you need to apply for approval click on Do I need approval?

Important information regarding Approved Inspectors

Approved Inspectors are required to carry Professional Indemnity insurance and Professional Liability insurance from a scheme provider approved by the Secretary of State for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). One of these scheme providers is pulling out of the market leaving only one remaining provider.  For more information please see our important information regarding Approved Inspectors.

How to apply for building control and site inspections

You can submit a full plans application, a building notice application or a regularisation application online.

Last reviewed: 19 - 05 - 2020

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