Your LABC Building Control Team

About Building Control Charges

You or your agent must submit either an Application with Full Plans or a Building Notice Application before commencing building work.

Building Control is a self-financing service. We are required by law to charge for our services to recover our costs. These services are not funded from your Council Tax. These charges are set to cover the cost of providing the service.

Please note: Our charges increase as from 1st April 2024.

When charges are not payable

Charges are not payable:

Establishing your charge

We have two approaches to establishing the charge for your building work.

Standard Charges

The majority of domestic extensions and alteration work will generally attract a charge which falls within our standard charges tables. If the charge for your building regulations work is not listed as a standard charge it will be individually determined. Our Charges Guidance (PDF document) outlines our scheme.

Our standard charges have been set on the following assumptions:

Individually Determined Charges

Individually determined charges relate to commercial projects or larger domestic schemes that are not listed in our standard charge tables.

Miscellaneous Charges

In addition to the above Charges, there are a range of services that Building Control offers.

Seeking Assistance

Charges can be complicated, please phone us on 0300 790 0580 for assistance.

The correct charge will need to be paid before we can accept your application. Unless the correct payment is received, the application cannot be registered. Building works cannot start until an application is accepted and registered. We will confirm this to you in writing.

Please note that payment for either a full plans or a building notice application cannot be refunded if you then decide not to proceed with the work.

All charges are based on the assumption that the person undertaking the design and construction work is competent. If not, there may be additional charges payable.

How to pay

Inspection charges

Inspection charges may be paid online . Our acknowledgement letter will confirm this charge to you. Agents should ensure their clients are made aware that an inspection charge will be invoiced when building work starts on site and how much that charge will be. A completion certificate will not be issued until the inspection charge has been paid in full.

Please note that our invoice will be sent out electronically. Please adjust your email account setting to accept an email from the following email address:

Please check your spam folder in case any incoming email is forwarded to it.

Regularisation applications

We will assess regularisation application charges individually. They are available on request and are usually based on an individual fee proposal.

Exemptions for works for disabled people

Work undertaken only for a disabled person is exempt from charges if it meets certain requirements. Please check before submitting to avoid a delay in your application.

Charges are not payable for some work that only benefits people with disabilities. This only applies to dwellings:

Please provide a copy of the approved grant letter provided by environmental health or a letter from your occupational therapist indicating your disabilities and reason for the work.

Complaints about charges

If you have a complaint about your level of charges, you should raise your concern with the relevant officer. If you feel that your complaint has not been satisfactorily answered, please email us.




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