Apply for Building Regulations Approval
Application Form Guidance
Unauthorised works applications should use the ‘Regularisation’ option, other proposals can choose either the ‘Full plans’ or ‘Building Notice’ options, however, the Building Notice choice cannot be utilised where:-
a.) The building is a ‘designated use’ under the Fire Precautions Act 1971 which Includes offices, shops, factories and hotels and/or is a workplace subject to the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997.
The following details should be submitted with one completed copy of the MTCBC Building Control Application Form and the appropriate fee.
1. Full Plans Applications
Full constructional specification and details plus duplicate copies of plans. Two additional copies of layout plans will be required
for work in relation to designated use buildings.
2. Building Notice Applications
In the case of a Building Notice, a site plan and other particulars in accordance with Regulation 13. Additional information may be requested.
3. Regularisation Applications
In accordance with Building Regulations 21 (3), the Council may require the applicant to take reasonable steps, including laying open the unauthorised works for inspection, making tests and taking samples as the authority think appropriate to ascertain what work, if any, is required to secure compliance with the relevant legislation.
4. The Party Wall Act 1996
Some works in relation to party walls could invoke proceedings under the Party Wall Act 1996, you should understand these requirements prior to undertaking such proposals. The Party Wall Act Booklet.
5. Completion Certificates
Completion Certificates will only be issued when an appropriate electrical safety certificate has been received and the relevant Building Regulations charge has been paid in full.
6. Drainage Connection
Subject to certain provisions of the Water Industries Act 1991, owners and occupiers of premises are entitled to have their private foul and surface water drains and sewers connected to the public sewers, where available. Special arrangements apply to trade effluent discharge. Persons wishing to make such connections must give not less than 21 days notice to the Authority.
These notes are for general guidance only; Full particulars regarding the deposit of the applications are contained in Regulation 13, 14 & 21 of the Building Regulations 2000 and, correspondingly in relation to Building Regulations fees the building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 1998.
IMPORTANT: PLANS OR NOTICES MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE COUNCIL UNDER THE BUILDING REGULATIONS AND ANY NECESSARY PLANNING PERMISSIONS OBTAINED (If you haven’t already done so you are advised to contact Development Control Tel: (01685) 726280 or 726283, BEFORE ANY WORK ON SITE IS COMMENCED.
The Council must charge for Building Regulation services, the charges are based on the size and type of works to be carried out.
Under the Full Plans procedure, the first part of the fee has to be paid when the application documents are deposited with the Council, and the remainder of the fee when work commences on site
When Building Notices are used, the Building Notice fee must be paid when the application is submitted, the total fee is the same whichever option is chosen. The payment of another fee is not required if the application is resubmitted after it has been rejected or where minor revisions are made for approval. The fee payable for Building Regulation services covers all inspections carried out by a Building Control Officer, irrespective of the number of visits made to the development. For fees information please contact 01685 726263.
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Frequently Asked Questions & Additional Information
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Use the following links to gain information on various subjects from electrical installations to flood risk.
- Building Control Approved Documents Planning Portal
- Planning applications Development Control
- Local Authority Building Control LABC
- Replacement Windows FENSA
- Advise on Robust Details
- Competent Person Scheme for electrical installations: ELECSA, CORGI, NICEIC
- General Information on the Environment Environment Agency
- Oil Heating and Cooking OFTEC
- Advice on Flood Risk Environment and Countryside
- Radon Information UKRadon
- The Glass and Glazier Federation (GGF)
- Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
Find a registered electrician - A register of electricians belonging to the various CPS schemes www.electricalcompetentperson.co.uk
General guidance - For general advice, guidance and information in easy to understand formats www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/guides-and-advice
The links in this section refers to external websites outside of the control of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council. Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council cannot be held responsible for any material published outside of the merthyr.gov.uk domain.