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A building notice cannot be used if the building work is in connection with a building that:

  • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies to;
  • Is to be erected over a sewer;
  • Is situated in a private road.

In these instances, a Full Plans application is required.

To apply for a Building Notice you will need to submit the appropriate application form. You can download the application form here or for further advice please contact the Building Control team.

What is a Building Notice

Building Notices can save you time and money as you do not have to prepare and submit detailed plans. They were designed to enable those responsible for carrying out the building work, and who are capable of doing so in compliance with the Building Regulations, to do so without the benefit of detailed plans and specification.

The Building Notice Procedure lends itself primarily to works of a relatively straightforward nature, such as small domestic works, as there is generally no need to deposit plans and therefore no approval notice is given.

Where works are of a more complicated nature, such as creating a room as part of a roof conversion, plans may be requested. Any plans provided or requested by your local council would be for information only and not subject to either rejection or approval by the council.

When the work involves the erection of a new building or extension, a site location plan will be requested, together with two copies of the Building Notice application form and the appropriate charge. 

The disadvantage of the Building Notice Procedure is that there is no Approved Plan to work to. Whilst the Building Control Surveyor will try to anticipate potential problems, delays and costly remedial work might be incurred if the work carried out does not comply with the Building Regulations. If plans and design information are requested for complex projects and for structural details/calculations, this could also cause delays. The Building Control Surveyor cannot design your project or provide specifications.


On receipt of your application we will advise of the relevant Building Regulation fee and call you to take a card payment. Please ensure that contact telephone numbers and email addresses are provided. Applications only become valid when the appropriate fee has been paid.


Once a Building Notice has been deposited and accepted, work can commence after 48 hours. If work has not started within three years of the date your Building Notice was deposited, the Notice is deemed to be of no effect and you will be required to re-submit if you wish to begin this work.

Contact Details

Building Control,
Ipswich Borough Council,
3W Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,

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01473 432953/4