You will need to submit a full plan application to get approval to carry out any of the following:

  • erecting a building
  • extending an existing building
  • carrying out structural alterations to an existing building
  • converting a loft
  • changing the use of a building
  • installing services and fittings, eg install central heating
  • erecting a conservatory, eg where the floor area is greater than 30 square meters

Full Plans procedure

You may submit the application yourself or you may engage someone to do it for you. If an agent is employed all correspondence will be directed to them. In all cases a full postal address must be provided to allow us to contact either you or your agent.

The full postal address of the property where the development is to be carried out should be provided as should the proposed use of the new structure. With your application you must send the following:

  • the correct plan charge
  • two copies of the application form, which the applicant should sign
  • two copies of all drawings which show existing and proposed layouts
  • full constructional detail

Completion Certificate

On satisfactory completion of the works, Building Control will issue a Completion Certificate indicating that construction standards conform with the Building Regulations.

The Certificate is a valuable document and should be retained for any future sale of the property.

You can consult with Building Control prior to making an application to obtain further assistance relating to the level of information required. This will include the charge appropriate to the type of work to be carried out.

A Full Plan application remains valid for 3 years from the date of application. 

The deposit fee is paid when the application is submitted and the site inspection fee is payable on commencement of work on site.

Other approvals

The proposal may also require Planning approval, in which case you should contact us.

Where the proposal may affect your neighbour, you have a responsibility under the Party Wall Act 1996 to contact your neighbour before an application is submitted.

Erect a retaining wall application (South Yorkshire Act)

Under the South Yorkshire Act an application is required to erect a retaining wall that retains earth or material not less than 1.5m and not forming part of a permanent building.

You can do this using the Full Plans form for all types of building work.

You may submit the application yourself or you may engage someone to do it for you. If an agent is employed all correspondence will be directed to them. In all cases a full postal address must be provided to allow us to contact either you or your agent. The full postal address of the property where the development is to be carried out should be provided.

Please note that there is no fee for this type of application.

If your proposal will affect your neighbour in some way you have responsibility under the Party Wall etc Act 1996 to contact them before your application is made.

Please contact us for further guidance or clarification.

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