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Building Regulations Applications

Building Regulation fees are assessed on an individual basis for each application.

Speak to one of our surveyors

Email us: at buildingcontrol@tunbridgewells.gov.uk about your application and for a fee quotation.

Before you start

  • Identify which form you need to complete
  • Ensure that you have completed the right information
  • Attach relevant files including drawings and other supporting information

Submit your application

We encourage Building Regulation application submissions by email.

You can also submit building regulation applications online:

Alternatively, you can download and complete the forms then submit them to us by post to:

Building Control
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Town Hall
Mount Pleasant Road
Royal Tunbridge Wells
TN1 1RS

Once we have received your application we will send an email with details of the fee and how to pay.

The Full Plans Route

The principal advantage of using this method is that once your plans have been approved you and your builder can work to those drawings without fear of contravening the regulations during the building.

Information that should generally be shown on the plan includes:

  • Elevations
  • Floor layouts
  • Detailed sectional views of the proposed construction
  • Site location plan
  • Adequate building specification details
  • Drainage details

You may also need to submit calculations for:

  • Structural members, eg steel beams
  • Thermal insulation values

The information is then checked to ensure that the details given comply with Building Regulation requirements. When we have checked your proposals we will either approve the details given or notify you of any additional information required or alterations that may be required to the plans. When these have been received and found to be satisfactory the plans will then be approved.

You will be asked to pay in two stages for a full plans deposit:

Payment is made when you initially submit your application for approval. This is called the plan fee.

The second stage happens when our staff have made their first visit on site. This second element, the inspection package fee, is a one-off payment, regardless of how many further visits are made to determine compliance.

Building Notice Route

The Building Notice route is the alternative to the Full Plans route. The fundamental difference between the two methods is that this route does not require the submission of detailed plans.

This system requires you to submit:

  • A Building Notice Application Form
  • A scaled site location plan

The Building Notice route does have some disadvantages:

  • No plan approval is given for the proposals - some financial institutions may require Full Plans approval proof to release funds
  • If you choose the Building Notice route then you should be sure that you have agreed what the builder will build and what is to be included in the price
  • It places emphasis on you and your builder to ensure work complies with the Building Regulations

Using this system only one fee is payable and this is made when you initially submit the application.

Points to Remember

Whatever option you choose, once the building work is underway, a Building Control Surveyor will inspect the work at various stages to check that Building Regulations are being met. When the works have been completed satisfactorily, we will issue a Completion Certificate.

Once we have received your Building Regulations application, you have 3 years to start. After that time you will need to re-apply.

Please note Building Regulation Fees are assessed on an individual basis for each application.

You will have to pay charges to apply for Building Regulations Approval. Certain work for the sole benefit of a registered disabled person is exempt from fees.

Building Regulation charges for all works are determined on an individual basis having regard to the type and complexity of works.

Alternatively, you can email buildingcontrol@tunbridgewells.gov.uk. If you are emailing us please include request for a building regulation fee quotation in the title of the email together with a description of the proposed works and your contact telephone number. We will aim to contact you within 24 hours.

With a Full Plans application the fee is generally payable in two stages:

  • the plan fee is payable when you send us your plans
  • the inspection package fee is payable when work starts on site

Most people prefer to make a Full Plans application. The Building notice route is more suited to straightforward domestic building projects.

How to pay:

  1. Pay online
  2. Cheque or postal orders made payable to 'Tunbridge Wells Borough Council' *
  3. Cash or card payments in person at the Tunbridge Wells Gateway

* Unfortunately we are not in a position, at present or for the foreseeable future, to process cheques due to the health risks presented by Covid-19.

A Building Regulations application can be withdrawn as long as work has not commenced. For a Building Notice, the fee paid will be refunded less any costs already incurred for administration of the application. A Building Regulations application that has not had a site inspection for 3 years or more will automatically become archived.

Once an application has become archived it will then need reactivating before any further site inspections can take place and a reactivation charge of £100.00 would be payable.

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