Building control - applications
Building Regulations are minimum standards of work for the construction, extension, alteration and change of use of buildings.
Do I need approval?
Generally, Building Regulations apply to most building work. However, there are some exceptions, known as exempt buildings and work.
How to apply for approval
Where work has been carried out without Building Regulations approval, an application may be submitted to have the work approved retrospectively by a Regularisation Certificate. This regularisation process can only be used for work started on or after 11 November 1985.
Approval and inspection process
All plans for building work are examined to check compliance with the Building Regulation standards, one method of complying with these standards is to follow the Building Regulations approved documents. (opens in a new window)
During construction, the building work is inspected by Building Control officers at various stages to check that it is in accordance with the approved plans and any defects or contraventions raised with the builder. Subject to satisfactory statutory inspections a Completion or Regularisation Certificate is issued at the end of the job. This certificate is an important document and should be placed with the deeds of the property.
- Building control at Christchurch
The Building Control Officers at Christchurch can normally be contacted between 8.30am to 10.30am and from 3.30 onwards (officers make site inspections between these times).
- Building control at East Dorset
If you have a query about any application(s) then please contact the Building Control section or call into the Planning Reception.
Building Control at North Dorset
If you have a query about any application(s) then please contact the Building Control section at North Dorset District Council.
- Building Control at Purbeck
Building Regulations apply in England & Wales to promote high standards of building construction and energy efficiency, whilst taking into account health and safety and the needs of all people. Purbeck District Council has a general duty to ensure that building works comply with The Building Act 1984 - Building Regulation 2010.
- Building control at West Dorset
For an exact quotation or if you have a query relating to any application(s) then please contact the building control team.
- Building control at Weymouth & Portland
If you have a query about any application(s) then please contact the Building Control section at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.
- Building notice
A Building Notice is generally suited to minor building work.
- Full Plans Application
A Full Plans Application is required for Building Regulations consent. The Full Plans system allows your builders to price from, and work to, an approved drawing.
- Regularisation Certificate for unauthorised work
If building work has been carried out without Building Regulations approval, an application may be submitted for a Regularisation Certificate to approve the work retrospectively.
Certain minor works and small buildings are exempt from the Building Regulations.
- Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Warranty
The LABC Warranty is a service offering a complete range of developer services to support construction.