Building control

If you carry out building work you need to have various stages of the work inspected to ensure that it complies with the Building Regulations. You shouldn't start work until a valid application or notice is given to the Council.

Hart District Council Building Control has entered into a shared service arrangement with Rushmoor Borough Council and the Building Control team is now based in Rushmoor Borough Council offices in Farnborough. You can read more about the new service in our news article.

Guide to extending your home (see right)

Which type of application to choose?

Building notice

A building notice allows you to carry out building works without having to provide plans first.  You can apply for a building notice for most domestic building work proposals where there are no sewers and if you do not need the protection of full plans approval. You will need to pay a building notice fee when you apply. Find out more about this type of application and what happens after you apply.

Apply and pay online via the Planning Portal website. The correct fee will be calculated for you and you will be able to attach supporting documents and plans to your application.

Full plans notice

You can use a full plans notice for all types of building work. You have to submit plans and details of the project to us with your application form, so we can check they comply with the building regulations. The benefit of full plans notice is that it can reduce problems when work starts on site and once we have approved your plans, you will receive an approval notice.
You will need to pay two full plans notice fees; the first fee is for checking the plans and you must pay this when you apply, and the second is an inspection fee and is payable after the first inspection. Find out more about this type of application and what happens after you apply.

Apply and pay online via the Planning Portal website. The correct fee will be calculated for you and you will be able to attach supporting documents and plans.

Regularisation application

If you've done work such as extensions or alterations to a property without building regulation approval, you can apply for retrospective approval. You can only do this for work carried out after 11 November 1985.
The regularisation application fee is equivalent to the relevant full plan fee and inspection fee combined, plus 50%. There is no VAT payable.

Apply and pay online via the Planning Portal website. The correct fee will be calculated for you and you will be able to attach supporting documents and plans. 

After you have submitted the application, you will need to contact our Building Control team to arrange a time for us to visit the site and inspect the completed work. Once we have inspected the work, we will tell you if you need to make any changes to comply with the building regulations. At this point, you may decide that you want to proceed with the application and carry out any work that we have said you need to do, or you may want to return it to its original state. Even if you choose not to proceed with the application, your application fee is not refundable.

Making an online application

Building Control applications can be made online via the Planning Portal website:

Once your Full plans application or Building Notice is accepted, if you wish to start work you should contact this office to arrange for site inspections to be carried out. You should also contact the Development Control Section to check if Planning Permission is required for your proposal.

Fees 

Notifying the Council of demolition 

If you are planning to carry out demolition work greater than 1750 cu ft in volume (some exemptions apply) you will need to notify the council before you start. To help you calculate the area please use the volume calculator. The Council should be notified in writing at least six weeks before the work is due to start. Demolition works should not commence until either the six weeks have elapsed or a Notice is served by the council.

A demolition notice must specify the building to which it relates and the works of demolition intended to be carried out, and it is the duty of a person giving such a notice to a local authority to send or give a copy of it to:

(i) the occupier of any building adjacent to the building, (ii) any public gas supplier in whose authorised area the building is situated

(iii) the public electricity supplier in whose authorised area the building is situated and any other person authorised by a licence under that part to supply electricity to the building

Register of applications submitted for Approval under the Building Regulations

View Building Control applications.

The only records that the Council has retained since 1986 are core information that comprises:

A reference number and the date that an application was submitted  |  The address of the Property (at the time of application)  |  A description of the Proposed Work  |  The current status of those proposed works  |  The date (if any) of when any Completion Certificate was issued.

The Council has published the building control environmental information that it holds in a viewable register that can be inspected on the computers in the Council Offices Reception area.

Downloadable application forms:


How to contact Building Control

Email: buildingcontrol@hart.gov.uk

Phone: 01252 398715

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