Apply for building regulations approval

If you're unsure if you need building regulations approval please see:

Before you start work

It is illegal to start work without notifying us first. You might have to correct the work or pay a fine if you do not tell us about it.

You will also need a certificate of compliance if you want to sell your home.

If you don’t obtain a completion certificate it may void the insurance policy on the property. It is strongly advised you check this with your insurer.

Apply for building regulations approval

Apply for a building notice

For minor work on single family houses such as garage conversions, toilet installations and small extensions.

You don't need to submit any plans but you must be confident that the work being done will comply with building regulations. You risk having to fix any issues after we have inspected if it is not correct.

Apply for full plans submission

Submit detailed plans of the work you are doing. It is cheaper and gives you the most protection.

From 1 October 2023, additional information needs to be provided with full plans submissions in England that is not currently covered by our online form. While we work to add these requirements to the system, you will need to download and complete the Supplementary Information form and upload it to your application as a supporting document.

Higher Risk Buildings

Higher Risk Buildings (HRBs) are defined in the Building Safety Act 2022 as a building that is at least 18 metres in height or has at least 7 storeys, and contains at least two residential units. 

Applications for new HRBs, including those formed by a change of use, adding additional storeys, or if undertaking any major alterations to a HRB must be made to the Building Safety Regulator (BSR) rather than the Local Authority Building Control Body or a Registered Building Control Approver (formerly Approved Inspectors).

The BSR is a division of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and is now the Building Control Body for HRBs, as well as the regulatory body for the building control industry. 

In addition, all existing HRBs, whether being altered or not, must be registered with the BSR. 

Should Wigan Borough Council 's Building Control Department be requested to provide services on behalf of the BSR in relation to HRBs, the Authority will charge an agreed hourly rate recover costs.  

The rate has been approved by the Authority’s S.151 officer and will apply to all HRB related work directed under the BSR and can be found in Wigan's Miscellaneous scale of charges under Category 18, find further information on Building Control Charges.

I've already started work

If you started work without getting building regulations approval you must now apply (there will be a charge).

We'll check whether it meets the building regulations standards and issue you a certificate if it has. If it doesn't meet standards you might have to correct the work or pay a fine.

Please note: You cannot get approval for any work completed before 12 November 1985.

Fees and payments

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