How to apply for building regulation approval

You can start work after you have submitted a Full Plans Application or Building Notice provided you give at least two days notice. You can choose to submit a Building Notice for all domestic work unless it involves building over or near a public sewer. A Full Plans Application provides the peace of mind that your plans are completely approved, and can be submitted for all work except replacement windows and electrical work to a domestic property. In these cases, you would use a Building Notice unless you hire an installer who is Fenestration Self Assessment Scheme (FENSA) registered for your windows, or an electrician under the Local Authority Building Control Competent Persons Register.

Apply for building regulations

You can notify us by telephone, email or in writing:

Building Control
Chichester District Council
East Pallant House
West Sussex
PO19 1TY
United Kingdom

If requests for inspections are received by 10am, they are usually made the same day. An approval notice remains valid for three years from the date of deposit of plans.

Book a building control inspection

This form can be used to book a  building control inspection online.

Book a building control inspection

When to notify the Building Control officer

You or your builder are required to notify the Building Control officer at the following stages:

  • Works to start 
  • Excavations for concrete
  • Foundation concrete
  • Oversite concrete
  • Damp-proof course and oversite concreted
  • Soil and vent pipe under test
  • Foul water drains
  • Foul drains back filled and under test
  • Surface water drains
  • Occupation before completion
  • Completion

This framework may not be appropriate to all types of work (for example, loft conversions). In order to provide the best service, the Building Control officer may visit when other stages are reached.

Do you need to apply for building regulation approval?

You will need to check if your work requires building regulations approval as not all work requires it. If you don't require building regulation approval please note you may still need planning permission. 

Check if building regulation approval is needed

Building Control Public Access

Here you can view building control applications from the 1 January 1994. This listing in part relies on information provided by third parties so we cannot guarantee its accuracy.

View Building Control Public Access