Apply for Building Regulations approval

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

Please make cheques payable to Vale of White Horse 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.

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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.

A full plans application is where drawings, details and other supporting information is submitted for checking and a formal decision notice is given. Advantages of using this method include the plans can be examined and approved before work starts and that the builder can work to the approved drawings in the knowledge that the detail 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.

A building notice application 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 designed for minor domestic work where detailed plans are not felt appropriate. Please note this type of application cannot be used where the building is to be put to a relevant use.

An 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. You can also apply online - see below (bottom of page).

Full plans application

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

Building notice application

Should you decide to use this route then the full fee is paid when you submit your 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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