- 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.