There are different types of building control applications and fees. You need to decide which application you want for the work you planned.

In the first instance, please visit the LABC website to view their guidance.

Types of building application

  • Full Plans: Used for all types of building work
  • Building Notice: You can only use building notice procedure for minor works. (Cannot be used to build or alter flats and houses, shops, offices, factories, warehouses, hotels/boarding houses, other commercial premises, or to construct a building or part of a building over or near a sewer
  • Regularisation: Used for works that have been completed and require retroactive building control
  • Retrospective: To be used when an initial notice has already been submitted by an approved inspector but they are no longer able to complete the project.

Full Plans Procedure

Full Plans application form and fees

If you are planning to do any building works or internal alterations to an office shop, commercial warehouses, hotels/boarding houses, or your proposed extension is over or within 3m of a Thames Water sewer you will need to complete a “Full Plans” application form.

Detailed drawings, specifications and structural calculations, if required, of the work with your Full Plans application form should be submitted including fee before you can start work.

Please send your fees along with your application. It is possible to pay over the phone. If you choose to pay over the phone one of our admin staff will contact you for payment once the application has been processed or call 0208 545 3145 to make payment over the phone.

Once your Full Plans application has been validated we hope to check the details and send you an appraisal letter four weeks.

The letter may include a list of additional information we need.

We will then send you a “Notice of Passing of plans” You must commence works within three years of your submission.

We will carry out a number of inspections throughout the build process.

Once the works are complete and comply with the building regulations a Completion certificate will be posted to your address.

 

Building Notice Procedure

Building Notice application form and fees

You don't have to submit a plan when you apply to build or extend a building on a Building Notice, but the more information or sketches or detailed drawings submitted may help your project to run more smoothly.

Please send your fees along with your application. It is possible to pay over the phone. If you choose to pay over the phone one of our admin staff will contact you for payment once the application has been processed or call 0208 545 3145 to make payment over the phone.

We will carry out a number of inspections throughout the build process.

Once the works are complete and comply with the building regulations a Completion certificate will be posted to your address.

 

Regularisation Procedure

Regularisation application form and fees

Plans may be required for a regularisation application. Call 0208 545 3145 to discuss.

Send your fees along with your application or call 0208 545 3145 to make payment over the phone.

We will carry out a number of inspections to ensure that the work complies with building control and may ask for areas to be opened up.

Once we can confirm all the works comply with the building regulations and all corrective work is complete a Completion certificate will be posted to your address.

 

Retrospective Application Procedure

Retrospective application form and fees

This application is to only be used when an approved inspector has already submitted an initial notice but can no longer complete the work. Please complete the Retrospective Application form and submit any information you have about inspections undertaken so far, plus any building plans, structural calculations or photographs of the work in progress. We will contact you once the application has been processed to take fees.

 

Lost Completion Certificates

Lost or missing Certificates can be replaced at a fee of £95.

Email Applications to Building.Control@merton.gov.uk