Building control applications

Building control applications

Find out how to apply for building regulations, what you need to do if you plan to demolish a building and how to report a dangerous building.

How to apply for building regulations

To apply for building regulations, complete one of the above application forms with your drawings and applicable fee.

You can also submit building control applications online using Submit-A-Plan or i-apply

Follow these steps to apply for building regulations online
  • Log on to Submit-A-Plan here or i-apply here
  • Choose the relevant local authority
  • Complete the online version of the application form
  • Select the electronic drawings you want to send
  • Submit and track the progression of your application
  • View cancellation rights.
We cannot currently accept online payments with Submit-A-Plan please see below for details on how to pay via this portal.

Building control application fees

Fees vary depending on the type of development.

View building control application fees
You can view our scheme of charges here.

If you have difficulty calculating fees, or are unsure which apply, please contact us for help. You can also speak to us about individual fee assessment if the above schedules don’t apply. 
When will you need to pay a building control application fee?
After submitting a plan, fees are usually payable in two stages.
  • The plan fee accompanying the submission covers assessment of the proposed works and issuing a decision.
  • The inspection fee covers all site inspections up to, and including, the issue of a completion certificate.
If submitting a building notice, it must be accompanied by the fee. This is a once-only payment and covers the above procedures.
 
We may be able to offer a reduction of up to 30% on the plan fee if:
  • the work involves significant repetition
  • you propose two or more buildings or works which are the same as each other
Contact us to discuss how we could save you money.

Applications to regularise unauthorised work of any type is subject to fees that are exempt from VAT. 
How to pay building control application fees
You can pay for your fees by:
  • phone: using a credit or debit card, call any of the numbers below:
    • 01670 623838
    • 01670 623820
    • 01670 623724/623728
  • cheque: please make cheques payable to 'Northumberland County Council' and post to the relevant area office. Quote the application reference number if applicable.
  • BACS: Please state your name, site address, purpose of payment and application reference number, if available. Send to cashiers@northumberland.gov.uk:
    • sort code: 20-58-17
    • account number: 53023915

Demolition

Here you will find information on what to do if you are planning to demolish a building.

Anyone wishing to demolish a building should contact us for advice.

If you plan to demolish
Demolition is covered by section 80-83 of the Building Act. If you intend to demolish a building, you must complete the demolition notice form and pay a £100 fee. Please return to your area office.

View cancellation rights

You also need to inform the building control section. Any building in excess of 1,750cu.ft in volume will require permission to demolish.

Minor demolition works may not require notification to building control, but the demolisher may need to notify adjoining owners and statutory authorities – such as the gas and electric board.

Other works may also need to be carried out, such as:
  • shore up adjacent buildings
  • weather-proof adjacent buildings if the need arises
  • remove demolition material from site
  • seal off drains
  • impose restrictions as to how the demolition is to be carried out
You may have to obtain planning permission to demolish your building if it is:
  • included on a list of special architectural or historical interest
  • within a conservation area
  • a house or building containing a flat, a residential home or a hotel

Dangerous structures

This section tells you how to report a dangerous building or structure.

Assessment of dangerous structures
Building control will assess any building reported as dangerous. If there is a clear and present danger, we will contact the owner under Section 77 of the Building Act 1984 and agree a course of action. 
Removing a dangerous structure
The owner must remove the danger by the agreed date. If this does not happen, we can apply to the magistrates’ court for an order.

If we find the danger is so great and the owners cannot act immediately, we can remove the danger under Section 78 of the Building Act 1984. All reasonable costs will be recovered from the building owner.

Buildings that look unsightly or dilapidated, but pose no safety risk, cannot be presented in a case for enforcement under Section 77 and 78 of the Building Act 1984. 
Contact us about a dangerous structure
To report a dangerous structure, please contact customer services by: Emails will be answered during working hours only, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding weekends and public holidays. 

Public sewers

A private sewer is a drain carrying waste water and surface water to an adopted sewer from more than one property. They are owned by water and sewerage companies.

If you are extending your property over a drain, or connecting new drainage, you will need to submit an accurate drainage layout of your proposals with a building regulations application. For further information, please contact us or visit the Northumbrian Water website.