Four copies of the plans must be provided if Part B (Fire Safety) relates to the work unless it is a dwellinghouse. (The additional plans are to allow consultation with the Fire Authority).
Normally these must include the following:
- A key or location plan, to a scale of not less than 1:1250 showing the location of the building concerned. Dimensions must be in metric units.
- Block plans, showing the size and position of the building in relation to adjoining buildings, street, boundaries, sewers, drains etc.
- A plan of every floor and roof, a section of every storey and elevations sufficient to make the proposals clear.
- Specifications of every part of the building and all materials used.
- Plans must be accompanied by the appropriate fee (including VAT) unless the work is to provide access or facilities for the disabled.
The definition of 'Plans' includes drawings, specifications, structural calculations and other information of any kind. They must be clear and durable and to an appropriate scale. Any complicated details should be drawn to a larger scale. Pencil drawings are not acceptable.
We can ask you for additional information, drawings and/or calculations to prove compliance. We are obliged to pass plans if they show compliance with the Regulations and to reject them if they do not, but they may, with agreement, be passed 'subject to conditions'.
We will advise you if you need any further guidance regarding the information required. It is best to contact the Building Control staff before 10.00 am or after 4.00 pm as at other times they are frequently out of the office to carry out site inspections.
Unless you are familiar with the preparation of building/architectural plans it is advisable to seek appropriate professional assistance.
A fee is generally payable when you deposit your application and a further fee is usually charged when work starts on site. See our fees and charges sheets for information.
Inspection of work
You are required to notify the council at various stages of the work so that we can arrange to visit and inspect the work. Notification can be by telephone but we need time to arrange the inspection, normally one working day. If you contact us before 10.00 am we will try to inspect the same day.
Full Plans application form (.pdf, 327Kb)