Make a regularisation application

Make a regularisation application

If you’ve started or carried out works without building regulations consent, you can apply for a regularisation certificate

Most building work needs building regulation approval.  Sometimes this is overlooked and the works continue without permission.

If you carry out work without a building regulations application, we can take enforcement action.  This could affect a future sale of your property.

How to apply for a regularisation certificate

Online with iApply

iApply is the fastest way to apply for a certificate as your application is created in our database.

Include the applicant's email address in your application, so we can send them important documents relating to their application.

Apply online with iApply

Before you can use iApply you must first create a user account.

For advice see our short guide on using iApply (pdf, 895KB) (opens new window)

iApply includes links to pay the fee via our website or by phone.

Using iApply

What fee is payable

Check the fee charges (pdf, 154KB) (opens new window)  to find out the cost of your application before applying.

Submitting your application

To submit your application you must select next at the top of the page once all sections have been completed. You must then select I accept and submit. Otherwise the application will remain as draft.

Postal application

Fill in the regularisation application form (pdf, 187KB) (opens new window) and post to Building Regulations and Standards, City Hall, Bristol City Council, PO Box 3399, Bristol, BS1 9NE or email to

You’ll need to include a fee which is detailed in the form.

What happens next

Once you’ve sent your application, we may ask you to open up and uncover work so we can inspect it, like:

  • dig a hole next to foundations
  • remove sections of wall or ceiling

You might need to make alterations.

We’ll give you a regularisation completion certificate if the work meets the regulations.

What happens if you don’t put the works right

We may take enforcement action against you if an application is not made or the works are not put right.

Privacy Notice

Read our privacy statement and our Building Regulations and Standards privacy notice (pdf, 118KB) (opens new window) to see what we do with your personal information.

Contact information

Building Regulations and Standards

City Hall

Bristol City Council, PO Box 3399

Bristol, BS1 9NE

Opening Hours

You'll need to make an appointment to visit us in person. Call us to book an appointment.

Appointments are at:
City Hall
College Green



Tel: 0117 922 3000