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)
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.
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.
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 2039183.
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.
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
For further information on sewers contact Yorkshire Water: Telephone 0845 1208482
Alternatively you can contact us:
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call us on 0114 2734168
4th Floor Howden House
1 Union Street