You can make an application to our Building Control service for Building Regulation Approval. The type of application will depend on the work you are doing. The information on this page will help you decide what kind of application you need.

Full Plans Building Regulation submission

Guidance for Applicants or Agents when making an application to our Building Control service for Building Regulation approval to carry out the following:

  • erect a building
  • extend an existing building
  • carry out structural alterations to an existing building
  • convert a loft
  • change the use of a building
  • install services and fittings, eg install central heating
  • erect 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.

Building Notice procedure

Guidance for customers submitting a Building Regulation, Building Notice Application.

The Building Notice procedure allows applicants to give notice of their intent to carry out works associated with a dwelling without submitting information for formal assessment and approval. This includes minor domestic works such as:

  • removing a load bearing wall and inserting a steel or reinforced concrete beam
  • installing a new or altering an existing heating appliance and flue and associated works
  • extending an existing dwelling
  • installation of bathroom or shower
  • install replacement windows (if you do not use a Fensa registered company)
  • rewire or modify electrical installations to an existing dwelling (if you have not used a member of a Competent Person Self-Certification Scheme)

Full Plans Application or Building Notice

Formal assessment and approval of plans with accompanying information (Full Plans Application) is still available to applicants.

Under this procedure the level of information submitted at the application stage can be rationalised to a level that allows our Building Control Service to adequately:

  • identify the site or property involved
  • assess nature of the work involved
  • assess the details submitted

The main difference in the procedure is that Building Control does not formally assess for approval the information supplied under the Building Notice route.

The emphasis is transferred to on-site assessment and approval of works during the construction process.

However, sufficient details of the proposals are still required and where these are not included with the submission a counter notice may be served requesting more information.

You must notify Building Standards a minimum of 2 working days before you intend to commence work and at particular stages during the construction process to allow effective inspection of works.

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.

The Building Notice application remains valid for 3 years from the date of application. 

The total value of charges when using the Building Notice procedure is identical to when using the Full Plans procedure.

The difference is that the whole of the charge is payable on deposit of the Building notice application.

Other approvals

Your proposed works may require approval under the Town and Country Planning Acts.

In the case of planning permission, more information can be obtained by contacting the Development Management on 0114 203 9183.

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

Building Notices cannot be used for

A Building Notice should only be used for minor works and cannot be used for the following:

  • where the proposal will involve building work over or within 3m of a sewer as shown on the map of sewers held by the sewerage undertaker, which in Sheffield is Yorkshire Water
  • the erection of a building fronting onto a private street
  • building work in relation to a building to which the Regulatory reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies

Regularisation Applications (retrospective or unauthorised)

Regularisation is the term given to a type of application, which allows for the retrospective approval of unauthorised building work; that is, work previously undertaken without an approval of or notification to ourselves.

It is not an alternative to the legal requirement of applying for building regulation approval before work is carried out. However it can be used to regularise any work constructed without approval on or after 11 November 1985.

The application is different to that which we normally deal with in that instead of work being built to a complying plan and supervised during construction, the applicant is asking us to involve itself in determining whether unauthorised work, usually completed many years before, has been carried out to a satisfactory standard sufficient for the authority to issue a Certificate of Compliance.

The procedure

It will not be possible to issue a Regularisation Certificate unless the works comply with the regulations (applicable at the time of construction) or where necessary you are prepared to remedy any non-conformity.

If you are not familiar with building regulations you are strongly advised to engage an architect or surveyor to help you through the process as it is for you to evidence that the work complies with the regulations or will comply after carrying out additional work.

The process begins with the submission of the application which should be accompanied by:

  • as much information as you can supply in support of your application which should include an as built set of plans of the unauthorised work, and
  • a plan showing any additional work to be carried out, to ensure that the unauthorised work will comply with the building regulations that were applicable at the time it was built

Our assessment, inspection or testing

The information supplied is then assessed by us, the more complete the information supplied the more straightforward the process should be.

We may need to visit the site and if necessary request that the unauthorised work be opened up for inspection, or testing or sampling of materials as we think appropriate to ascertain what work, if any, is required to make sure that the relevant requirements are met.

When you have taken any such steps as required we will then be able to notify you:

  • of the work that should be carried out in order to demonstrate compliance; or
  • that no work is necessary in order to demonstrate compliance

Regularisation Certificate

When you have carried out the work detailed above or if no works were required and we are satisfied that the work complies, we will issue a Regularisation Certificate.

If you should choose not to carry out further work then we will not be able to certify the work.

Timescales

It is difficult for us to place an overall time limit on the whole procedure as this depends on the information provided but regularisation should not be regarded as a fast track method of obtaining building regulation compliance.

However we are aware that applicants using this procedure are often rushing to complete house sales/purchase etc, and we will of course do all we can to deal promptly with such matters.

Our powers & rights

If less than 2 years have elapsed since completion of the unauthorised work we may use the powers detailed in Section 36 (1) of the Building Act 1984 to have work pulled down, removed or altered in such a way as to make it demonstrate compliance.

Irrespective of the above we have the right to apply for an injunction to have the unauthorised work removed or altered where it considers its contravention presents a danger.

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.

Give notice to demolish a building (Statutory Demolition)

Anyone intending to carry out demolition works in the city needs to notify us.

Return completed forms

Send the completed form along with a site location plan post, email or delivered in person to the above address.

Next steps

A Counter Notice (DEM 2 Forms) indicating conditions will then be issued to assist you in dealing with relevant health and safety issues.

We will:

  • carry out an appropriate inspection when considered necessary
  • notify you if the building is Listed, or in a Conservation Area, or affects a Listed Building
  • consult and co-ordinate with relevant parties as appropriate

Where considered necessary, during and after demolition, inspections will be carried out in accordance with current Building Control policy.

This work is processed in accordance with BSI quality procedures.

Demolition contracts

We provide a service to administer demolition contracts, including tender preparations, design, and site supervision. 

Construction Design Management (CDM)

We provide a CDM Principal Designer service.