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We have been able to limit any increases to a small inflationary amount and are pleased to have been able to freeze the charges for the most common stand-alone improvements that you may be carrying out to your home.
Where you opt to pay your full plans fee in stages, this figure will now include a small charge to cover the additional administration and invoicing costs involved. If you wish to avoid this cost then you can choose to pay the fee in full when you submit the application.
There are two ways in which you can give the required notice that you are going to carry out building work.
- The first is the deposit of detailed plans, specifications for the work and the appropriate fee; this is known as Full Plans. The plans are checked in detail and if found to be satisfactory, an approval notice is issued.
- The second is known as the Building Notice procedure and simply involves completing the Building Notice application form and paying the appropriate fee.
See related documents to download the form or complete the online Building Control full plans and building notice application form.
- The completed application form
- Estimated cost of work (where applicable)
- The appropriate plan fee which can be sent by post (cheques/postal orders made payable to Bristol City Council) or you can pay online. The second part of the total fee is payable after the first visit to site. Where applicable the applicant/owner will be sent an invoice for the inspection fee at this stage, see how you can pay an inspection fee invoice (pdf, 29 KB)(opens new window). There will be no further fee payable for any further inspections.
- Two copies of the detailed drawings of the proposed building work are required. The plans should be drawn to a scale of not less than 1:100.
- Two copies of a site or location plan drawn to a scale of not less that 1:1250 which shows the proposal and site boundaries.
- Two copies of any specification that accompanies the drawings.
- Two copies of structural design and calculations (where applicable).
Please note: unlike the building notice, full plans applications are checked in detail and a formal decision notice is issued. Because of the additional information that is almost always required in the case of lofts, we would advise applicants to submit a full plans application.
- A completed building notice application form
- If the proposal is for a new building or extension, a location plan to a scale of not less than 1:1250 showing the location and the boundaries of the site
- Estimated cost of work (where applicable)
- The appropriate fee which can be sent by post (cheques/postal orders made payable to Bristol City Council) or you can pay online.
A building notice may not be used for any building subject to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. i.e. most commercial, industrial and retail premises and flat developments with common parts.
Building notices are most suited to small domestic works but can be used for new houses or extensions. No formal decision notices are issued but your building notice will be acknowledged.
When a building notice has been submitted, the Building Control section may ask for as necessary, any plans of the work or calculations.
Delays will occur with either kind of application if the forms are not completed, the required information including the correct fee is not submitted
You can either:
- Complete our online application form available from the apply for it section
- Complete our downloadable application form also available from the apply for it section
- Submit your application using the Submit-a-Plan website.
You can then:
- pay your fee online
- pay by telephoning 0117 922 3000 - please have your credit or debit card ready. If you choose to pay by credit card, an additional charge of 1.8% will be added to your payment. No extra charge is made for using a debit card.
- pay by post (cheques/postal orders made payable to Bristol City Council).
Please note that if you intend to pay by telephone:
- you must know the amount to be paid before calling.
- payment times are between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Thursday, Fridays between 8:30 and 4:30.
You can send your documents in the following formats:
- Microsoft Word (.doc)
- Adobe Acrobat PDF (.pdf)
- Microsoft Excel (.xls)
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Building Regulations and Standards Brunel House, 2nd floor, Brunel Wing Bristol City Council, PO Box 3176 Bristol, BS3 9FS Opening Hours
We operate 'appointment only' visits to this office. Please telephone 0117 922 3000 to book an appointment.
If you have queries about a specific application, please telephone before 10.30am.
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- Work: 0117 922 3000