Coronavirus: council service information and advice

Information about changes to council services as a result of coronavirus

Full plans applications are the most widely used option, and require scaled plans indicating the proposed construction details and structural calculations to be submitted.

A building control surveyor will check the plans for compliance with the building regulations - we will contact your agent if there are any queries or problems and when these are resolved, an approval notice is issued.

  • A decision for a full plans application is made within the initial time period of five weeks, extendable to two months
  • We aim for a turnaround of ten working-days for professional small applications.

A full plan application is valid for three years from the date of deposit. Failure to commence work will mean the application is declared out of date and a fresh application will be required before work can commence.

  • You receive a ‘formal approval notice’ which can be presented to financial institutions, solicitors or surveyors
  • Householders have the added advantage of knowing that the builder is working to an approved plan, which can avoid expensive mistakes

Charges for the full plans option are normally in two stages, a plan fee and an inspection fee. On small work this is combined into one fee payable at the time of submission.

  • Complete the full plans application form and include two copies of the details, plans and calculations
  • include the relevant fee for the proposed work by cheque, payable to Portsmouth City Council
  • An additional two copies of the plans are required for properties where people are employed  (such as shops, factories or offices) and are subject to the regulatory reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

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