Building Regulations are a set of construction standards laid down by Parliament. Building Control is responsible for ensuring that buildings conform to these requirements which include standards on health, structural stability, fire safety, energy conservation and accessibility.
Types of Applications
Building Control can receive one of three types of applications - Full Plans, Building Notice or Regularisation. The majority of applications received tend to be either Full Plans or a Building Notice. Anyone intending to build, alter or change the use of a building is required to submit a completed Building Regulation Application Form. The same form is used for all three types of applications. Click on the following links to find out more information on each type of application and the various stages of the application process.
- Full Plans (All types of major building work)
- Building Notice (Domestic works only)
- Regularisation (Completed works)
Regularisation Certificates are provided to individuals who have undertaken building work without prior approval from Building Control. Until recently Building Regulations made no provision for the approval of unauthorised work but this created problems in conveyancing of property. To address these problems the Building Control Regularisation procedure was introduced enabling unauthorised work to be certified by Building Control and bringing it in line with the relevant regulatory requirements. Click here to view further information on seeking a Regularisation Certificate.
Works which come within the remit of Building Regulations attract a fee. The only exemptions are where the works are exclusively for a person with a disability or where the works are exempt form control. The scale of fees is prepared by the Department of Finance and Personnel and defined in legislation. The fees are increased periodically as the Department deems appropriate.
Building Control surveyors undertake site inspections at various stages of works to ensure compliance with Building Regulations. Same day inspections can be arranged when notification has been received before 10.30am.
Building Control has produced a variety of important information leaflets which you may find useful if you are planning to undertake some home improvement work.
Building Control Department, Banbridge District Council, Civic Building, Downshire Road, Banbridge, Co. Down BT32 3JY
T: 028 4066 0603
F: 028 4066 0601