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  • Charge Information?

    Charges for Full Plans Applications can be split into two stages. The first stage is the Plan Charge, which is paid when you submit your application. The second stage is the Inspection Charge, which is paid as soon as work commences on site and you will be invoiced for this. Note, in certain circumstances the full plans will be paid upfront on a Full Plans Application and a 5% discount will be applied.

    With a Building Notice Application you pay the full fee when the application is submitted.

    Calculating charges can, on occasions, be complicated. If you need clarification please phone Building Control Administration on 01347 822703, who will be happy to provide assistance.

    A copy of the current Schedule of Fees is available HERE.

    Please make cheques payable to Ryedale District Council.

     

  • Do I need Building Regulations Approval to build an extension to my house?

    YES, unless the extension is exempt (see questions 3, 4, 5 & 6).

  • Do I need Building Regulations Approval to construct a detached garage?

    No, provided that the garage meets the following conditions: it is less than 30 square metres floor area - single storey - one metre from any boundary or constructed of non-combustible materials (including the roof). Any other garage will require an application.

  • Do I need Building Regulations Approval to construct a car port?

    No, provided its floor area is less than 30 square metres and it is open on at least two sides.

  • Do I need Building Regulations Approval to provide a covered yard or covered way to my house?

    No, provided the floor area is less than 30 square metres.

  • Do I need Building Regulations Approval to construct a porch?

    No, provided the floor area is less than 30 square metres, it is separated from the house by an external quality door, and any glazing in critical locations (any window below 800 mm, any glazing in a door below 1500 mm and any glazing in door side lights within 300 mm of the door within 1500 mm of the finished floor) is safety glass.

  • Do I need Building Regulations Approval to construct a conservatory?

    No, provided the floor area is less than 30 square metres, it is substantially of clear or translucent materials and is separated from the house by an external quality door. The house heating system is not extended into the conservatory. Any glass within critical locations should be safety glass (any window below 800 mm, any glazing in a door below 1500 mm and any glazing in door side lights within 300 mm of the door within 1500 mm of the finished floor).

  • Do I need Building Regulations Approval for a loft conversion?

    YES.

  • Do I need Building Regulations Approval to construct a small detached building on my land?

    No, provided it contains no sleeping accommodation, is less than 30 square metres, it is single storey and is either more than one metre from the boundary or is constructed of non-combustible materials. A detached greenhouse or shed usually falls within this class of building.

  • Do I need Building Regulations Approval to make internal alterations to my house?

    YES, if the alterations are of a structural nature e.g. the removal or part removal of a load bearing wall, or removal of part or the whole of a chimney, or if they affect fire safety e.g. changed layouts etc. Generally, if the alteration involves the insertion of a beam or lintel, or will affect the stability of the building, then the alteration is a structural one. If you are unsure if the alteration will require approval then seek the advice of an expert.

  • Do I need Building Regulations Approval to convert my garage into a habitable room?

    Yes, even if it is only a store or hobbies room.

  • Do I need Building Regulation Approval to install replacement windows in my house?

    YES, you will need to submit a replacement windows application along with the appropriate charge. However, if your installer is a member of a Competent Persons Scheme then they will normally notify Building Control and certify the work themselves.  Competent Persons details can be found at Competent Persons Register.

  • Do I need Building Regulations Approval to carry out repairs to my house?

    NO, if the repairs are of a minor nature. If unsure contact the partnership – note there is a charge for this service if you want a written response to keep for your records.
    YES, if the repair involves the removal of a major part of a wall and rebuilding it or reroofing e.g. renovating an area greater than 50% of an individual element e.g. flat roof or 25% of a total building envelope.

  • Do I need Building Regulations Approval to convert my house into flats?

    YES, this is a change of use.

  • Do I need Building Regulations Approval to underpin my house?

    YES, this is classed as a structural alteration.

  • Do I need Building Regulations Approval to install or alter the position of a heating appliance?

    YES, unless the work is the installation of a member of a Competent Persons Scheme i.e.

    • Solid Fuel Contractor that is registered with HETAS
    • Oil Fired Contractor that is registered with OFTEC
    • Gas Contractor that is a GASAFE installer

    For all Competent Persons Scheme members see Competent Persons Register.

  • Do I need Building Regulations Approval to carry out drainage work?

    All drainage work in connection with a building requires an application (including the installation of a sink or toilet), unless the work is undertake by:-

    A person registered by Ascertiva Group Limited, Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (Certification) Limited, Benchmark Certification Limited, Building Engineering Services Competence Accreditation Limited or NAPIT Registration Limited in respect of that type of work.

  • Do I need to consult with the Fire Brigade before submitting my plans?

    NO, the Building Control Section will check the means of escape and other fire precautions. Once these items have proved to be satisfactory, the Building Control Officer will consult the Fire Service on items such as alarms and fire extinguishers. The client will be informed of all requirements by the Building Control Officer.

  • Do my neighbours have the right to object to what is proposed?

    NO, objections may be raised under other legislation, particularly if your proposal is subject to approval under the Town and Country Planning Acts.

  • How do I know if my electrician/plumber/windows installer is competent?

    Many tradespeople in the above fields are part of the Competent Persons Scheme. This is a Government initiative to assist homeowners in choosing suitably qualified people to undertake works at their homes. More information and a link to the CPS website – where it is possible to locate local tradespeople – can be found here.

    Further advice, guidance and information in easy to understand formats regarding electrical safely can be found at ElectricSafetyFirst with a specific list of suitably qualified electricians to be found here.

  • Is there a time limit within which I have to carry out the work?

    YES, if work has not commenced within three years of submission of an application, the Council may, by notice under Section 32 of the Building Act 1984, declare the plans to be of no effect. If you still wish to proceed with this work a new application will have to be submitted. This application will have to be to the standards applicable at the time of deposit and will require a further fee.

  • What happens after submitting my Full Plans Application?

    If you use the Full Plans procedure, the partnership will check your plans and consult appropriate authorities (such as fire and water authorities). If your plans do not show that the work would contravene the regulations, you will receive a notice that they have been approved. If the Council is not satisfied, you may be asked to make amendments or provide more details. Alternatively, a conditional approval may be issued if you request one, or consent to one being issued. If your plans are rejected, the reasons will be stated in the notice.

  • What happens after submitting my Building Notice Application?

    If you use the Building Notice procedure, the work will be inspected as it proceeds; however, any plans received will not be checked. If, before commencement or during construction, the partnership requires further information such as structural design calculations or plans, you must supply these details on request. An Acceptance Notice will be issued.

  • When can I start work?

    Once your plans have been submitted or a building notice given, work can commence on site after 48 hours notice has been given to the partnership of your intention to commence work.

  • What can I do about work which has already been undertaken on my home without Building Regulations Approval?

    This can arise when selling the property and a Solicitor's Search reveals that permission has not been granted. For work carried out since November 1985, it is possible to submit a Regularisation Application. This is similar to a Building Notice Application whereby the works will be assessed on site. It is often necessary for work to be opened up to gain access for inspection.

    With a Regularisation Application, the fee payable is the standard fee current at the time of deposit (excluding VAT) plus an additional 50%. The Regulations used to access compliance are those which were applicable at the time of the work being carried out.

    More information and a downloadable form is available for a Regularisation Application.

    Application Information->Regularisation

  • Do I have to notify the Partnership of any stages of construction?

    Yes, these should be stated on the attachment you receive with your approval notice/acceptance notice. If unsure contact your area building control surveyor. Surveyor contact details are available under Our Team or in the folder that accompanied your approval notice/acceptance notice.

    Following a satisfactory completion inspection and receipt of relevant documentation a Completion Certificate will be issued, by the Partnership, free of charge. This provides proof to building societies, banks and solicitors that as far as can be ascertained the work complies with the Building Regulations and has been completed to the satisfaction of the Council.

    About Us->Our Team