Building notice applications should be used for small works, wall removal, and installation of fittings.

With building notice plans are not required and, once notice has been submitted, you will have to wait 48 hours before commencing work.

Building notice cannot be used for extensions built over a critical sewer as shown on Southern Water sewer maps.

  • The main advantage is the speed of response on application, and that your fees are paid at time of submission - no further invoices will be sent
  • The main disadvantages are that you or your builder have no approved plan to work to, so problems may arise if your builder has different ideas regarding building control issues

On their visit, the building control surveyor will try to anticipate problems, but delays, alterations and remedial works may lead to increased costs.

Fees charged for building regulation approval using a building notice are 150% higher than when submitting a full plans application - this is due to the extra time and supervision required.

Building notice cannot be used for premises where people are employed (such as shops, factories or offices) where the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies.

  • Download and complete the building notice application form (below)
  • Return the form with the appropriate fee by cheque by cheque, payable to Portsmouth City Council  - the fee is equivalent to the combined plan fee and inspection fee payable when making a full plans application

All new buildings and extensions require an Ordnance Survey block plan of scale 1:1250 showing proposed size position and relationship to its boundaries, together with a drainage plan showing discharges to the existing system.

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