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Overview

Building Regulations are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to virtually every building. If you are unsure if your proposal requires Building Regulations approval, check our Building Control guidance section.  

Full Plans Application

An application deposited under this procedure needs to contain existing and proposed plans and other information showing all structural details, preferably at least 5 weeks before building work starts on site.

We will check your plans and consult any appropriate authorities. A full or conditional approval will be issued within 5 weeks or, if you agree, a maximum of 2 months from the date you made the application.

A conditional approval will either specify modifications which must be made to the plans, or will request further information. 

A full plans application is valid for 3 years from the date you made the application.

We will carry out inspections of the building work once it is in progress and issue a completion certificate once our Building Control Surveyor is content that the completed work complies with the Building Regulations.

Fees

The fees are paid in 2 parts. The plan charge is to be paid on submission of the application. There are 2 ways to pay:

  • telephone (0191) 643 2200 and pay by credit or debit card
  • write a cheque to North Tyneside Council

An invoice will be raised for the inspection fee once building work commences.

Building Notice

An application deposited under this procedure does not require plans 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 domestic work.

There are also specific exclusions in the regulations as to when Building Notices cannot be used. These are:

  • mainly commercial properties that are subject to The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • for work which will be built close to or over the top of rain water and foul drains – for more information see nwl.co.uk

If you decide to use this procedure, you need to be confident that the work will comply with the Building Regulations or you will risk having to correct any work you carry out if the Building Control Surveyor requests this. In this respect you do not have the protection provided by the approval process of the Full Plans application.

We will carry out inspections of the building work when it is in progress and issue a completion certificate once our Building Control Surveyor is content that the completed work complies with the Building Regulations.

Fee

A Building Notice costs the same as a Full Plans application, however the total fee is due on submission of the application.

There are 2 ways to pay:

  • telephone (0191) 643 2200 and pay by credit or debit card
  • write a cheque to North Tyneside Council

Retrospective Assessment of Building Work (Regularisation)

To facilitate people who wish to have building work approved, there is a process called Regularisation. A regularisation application is a retrospective application relating to previously unauthorised works i.e. works carried out without Building Regulations consent after 11th 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.

To submit your Regularisation application or if you need advice, please contact  us on (0191) 643 2200.

Demolitions

Demolitions are dealt with under the Building Act 1984. Generally, it requires 6 weeks' prior notice to be given before demolition begins.

The Local Authority Building Control may decide to issue a notice within 6 weeks on receipt of the notification to specify conditions that need to be met which may include precautions to protect adjoining properties and the public.

Demolition work must also comply with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and a health and safety plan produced by the principal contractor.

Building Regulations relating to site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture will need to be met once the preparation work starts on the site.

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Structural Warranty Cover

Obtaining structural defects insurance is vital if you are building residential properties or new homes to sell. Most UK mortgage lenders require structural defects insurance from a recognised provider before lending on any property less than 10 years old.

A credible structural defects insurance policy is an invaluable marketing tool as it provides peace of mind to buyers as well as speeding up the sales process. Repairing the average building defect can be very expensive, therefore having  a comprehensive warranty that covers every eventuality makes  perfect sense.

We have great relationships with LABC Warranty and CRL Ltd. To request a quotation, please e-mail building.control@northtyneside.gov.uk

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Building Control
building.control@northtyneside.gov.uk
Telephone: (0191) 643 2200

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