If you have any questions on what services we provide at building control or the process, the page below should answer your questions.

To find out how to submit to us, go to our Submit an Application page.

If you are still having trouble then feel free to Contact Us or check our FAQ page.

Full Plans Application

This method of submission requires full detailed architectural plans and structural calculations to be submitted to us along with the application form and required fee.
Once we have received all the documents required, we will then check the plans and provide a decision on them.
From here you are able to book in site inspections, we will then inspect the works as they progress.
Provided that the works meet the building regulations standards, we will then issue a completion certificate.

To download these forms please follow the link to our documents page: Download Forms
If you require a hard copy of these forms, please contact us and we will be happy to send out a copy for you.

Building Notice

This method of submission does not require plans be submitted with the application although they are still accepted. We do however still ask for structural calculations if they are necessary.
These should be submitted to us with the application form and fee.
With a building notice, we require 48 hours notice before we will come and inspect the works but you do not require a decision like a full plans application.
We will then inspect the works and provided they meet the regulations standards, we will then issue a completion certificate.

To download these forms please follow the link to our documents page: Download Forms
If you require a hard copy of these forms, please contact us and we will be happy to send out a copy for you.

Regularisation Application

A Regularisation Application is done retrospectively when you have undertaken works that would require building regulations but did not receive permission to do so.

The details required on the application form will be:

  • Details of the Applicant and or Agent
  • The address that the works have taken place at
  • A description of the works that have taken place
  • An approximate date of when the works commenced.
  • A plan of the unauthorised work
  • A plan showing any additional work required to secure compliance with the Building Regulations relating to the building work when carried out
  • East Sussex Building Control Partnership may require the applicant to take reasonable steps to undertake laying open the unauthorised work for inspection.

We would also require any accompanying documents such as structural calculations.

Please be aware that we are unable to regularise works that have taken place before 11th of November 1985

To download these forms please follow the link to our documents page: Download Forms
If you require a hard copy of these forms, please contact us and we will be happy to send out a copy for you.

One of the functions of the Building Control Service is to ensure that public safety is maintained in relation to harm which could happen from buildings or structures.

Therefore if you are aware of any buildings or structures which you believe might cause serious injury to your neighbours or general members of the public, Please report it to Building Control.

Please see our Dangerous Structure page for more information

Demolitions of structures are also something that Building Control are involved in, we make sure that the correct precautions are taken as to not affect the public and to maintain safety.

Please be aware we do ask for 6 weeks notice of the demolition to be able to decide on precautions and to inform the residents in the area.

To inform us of a demolition that is taking place we will require:

  • The Location that the demolition is taking place at.
  • A date of when the demolition is going to take place.
  • What company is handling the demolition.

If we have received all of this with the 6 weeks notice, we will be able to arrange for our area surveyor to inspect the site and decide on the precautions that are needed.

If you need to inform us of a demolition, please Contact Us and we assist you with this.

Competent Person Schemes (CPS) were introduced by the UK Government to allow individuals and enterprises to self-certify that their work complies with the Building Regulations as an alternative to submitting an application to the Local Authority.

Please see the Competent Persons Scheme page for more information.

The Building Control Process

01

Application

Submit your Full Plans or Building Notice application to Building Control

02

Decision

Full Plans applications are assessed for compliance. Any potential issues are picked up at an early stage and addressed to avoid delays on site. Building Notice applications are accepted and formally acknowledged.

03

Inspection

Works commence on site. The necessary stages of construction are inspected by your Building Control Surveyor, and any necessary advice is offered on site.

04

Completion

Works are completed on site. Following a final inspection and receipt of any necessary documentation, your Completion Certificate is issued by your Building Control Surveyor.

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