What is the difference between a Building Regulations Full Plans Application and a Building Notice?
Full Plans: - An application deposited under this procedure needs to contain plans and other information showing all construction details, preferably well in advance of when work is to start on site.
Your local authority will check your plans and consult any appropriate authorities (e.g. fire and sewerage). They must complete the procedure by issuing you with a decision within five weeks or, if you agree, a maximum of two months from the date of deposit.
Building Notice: - Plans are not required with this process so it's quicker and less detailed than the full plans application. It is designed to enable some types of building work to get under way quickly; although it is perhaps best suited to small work.
There are also specific exclusions in the regulations as to when building notices cannot be used. These are:
- For building work which is subject to section 1 of the Fire Precautions Act 1971
- Part II of the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997
- For work which will be built close to or over the top of rain water and foul drains shown on the 'map of sewers'
- Where a new building will front onto a private street
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