Once your application is registered with the council, it can take anything from one week to eight weeks, depending on which council you are submitting to and how busy they are at the time of submission.
A Building Notice Application doesn’t require detailed plans to be submitted. All charges (plan and inspection) are paid at the time of deposit.
Although you only have to wait 48 hours before starting the work, you do not have an approved plan to work to. If the work does not meet regulations, there may be a delay while the work is corrected and you may not know that the work is incorrect until it is inspected.
We would not recommend this route and if you start building work before you have approval, it’s at your own risk.
Full Plans Application
You know that as long as you carry-out the work in line with the approved plans it will meet the regulations
Everyone involved knows in advance exactly what is required. There should be few nasty (or expensive!) surprises
You can provide an approval notice to financial institutions, solicitors, and so on, when you are applying for loans or moving home
As long as the work is carried out in line with the approved plans, and all the relevant inspections find the work is of a satisfactory standard, you get a completion certificate
You will need to make contact with your house insurance provider, they normally require you to confirm how long the works will take and evidence that the works are being undertaken by a competent person/company.
We arrange to come to your home and make a structural assessment.
If the wall is loadbearing, then we will take measurements and photos, prepare plans and structural calculations.
If the wall is loadbearing then you will require building regulations approval.
If it isn’t found to be loadbearing, then you will not require local authority approval to remove the wall. We will confirm this in writing to you (you may need this if you sell your property in the future).
Please note: we work within a 30 minute drive of our head office in Berkshire RG40 4QQ. If you live further afield, we can provide a quotation, however we may not be as competitive as a local engineer.
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