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Applications for building regulations

If you are planning a new building or extension, or an alteration of an existing building, then you will have to meet building regulations in most cases.

Some smaller schemes may not need an application and you should check our Buildings exempt from building regulations page for more information.

Please read the information below to check which type of application should be made.  Swansea Building Control can give advice before you apply. 

Building notices

Building notices allow work to be carried out without needing to submit full plans. They are suitable for small work and allow you to begin work quickly.

Full plans application for building regulations

You can use a full plans notice for all types of building work. Your plans will be checked before work starts to make sure they comply with the building regulations.

Retrospective approval

If you have carried out work without first receiving building regulations approval then you can apply for retrospective approval. This process is called regularisation.

Retaining walls

If you are building a wall which is retaining land over 1.5 in height you will need to submit an application. This applies to new retaining walls or extending an existing one.

Building regulation fees

The fees are divided into plan and inspection fees, building notice fees and regularisation fees. They are different for each type of work.

Submit-a-Plan allows you to send applications for building regulations online to any local authority in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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