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Application forms, guidance and fees

Everything you need to make an application to the building control team.

Before carrying out building work you or your agent must send in either:

  • a Full Plans submission, or
  • a Building Notice submission

A Full Plans submission

An application deposited under this procedure should contain plans and other information indicating all construction details, preferably well in advance of when work is to start on site.

We will check your plans and consult any appropriate authorities, for example fire and sewerage. We then 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.

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Alternatively you can download an application form and either post it or email it to building.control@shepway.gov.uk

A Building Notice submission

Detailed 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 underway 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:

  • Commercial buildings
  • Flats
  • Work over or near a public sewer

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Alternatively you can download an application form and either post it or email it to building.control@shepway.gov.uk

Regularisation Applications (unauthorised building work)

Where works are carried out without Building Regulations approval being sought, the owner may be prosecuted.

However to make things easier for people who wish to have work approved, there is a process called Regularisation.

A regularisation application is a retrospective application relating to previously unauthorised works, that is works carried out without Building Regulations consent, started on or after the 11 November 1985.

The purpose of the process is to regularise the unauthorised works and obtain a certificate of regularisation. Depending on the circumstances, exposure, removal and/or rectification of works may be necessary to establish compliance with the Building Regulations.

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Alternatively you can download an application form and either post it or email it to building.control@shepway.gov.uk

Fees

It is important that the appropriate payment is included with your application, otherwise it may not be processed:

It is possible to submit your application to us electronically.  Please forward an application form, plans (if applicable) in an email to building.control@shepway.gov.uk; payment should be made online or if by cheque it should be made to Shepway District Council with the address of works written on the reverse.

Please note, that we are unable to accept cash or card payments at the Civic Centre.

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