When you apply for building regulations you have to pay a charge. These charges apply in addition to Council Tax payments as they are specific to individual properties and not the community of Poole. The charges are reviewed annually, and cover the cost of us checking your plans and subsequent site visits.
Please ring Building Consultancy direct on our application helpline 01202 633233 for details of the charges due for your specific project. We are happy to discuss your scheme, levels of service required and relevant fees, which can all vary dependant on project complexity.
All charges paid in respect of a building regulation submission are generally non-refundable.
Charges you will pay
Charges are made for the following applications:
Full Plans application
- a plan charge: paid when plans are deposited for the consideration, passing or rejection of plans
- an inspection charge: paid on demand following the first inspection for all the inspections of the building work that is included on the plans deposited
Building Notice application
- a building notice charge: paid when submitted, for consideration of the building notice and associated site inspections
For the charge payable in respect of any other type of building regulation submission, please call us on 01202 633250 or email email@example.com.
please make cheques payable to the Borough of Poole, for card payments please call or visit us.
Why do I pay a charge?
We are required to cover all our costs from charge income as none of the burden can fall on the Council Tax payer.
We employ experienced and professional Building Surveyors to deal with your application, who between them have a wealth of local knowledge. We spend considerable time checking your plans, advising on how to comply with the Regulations and, in particular, carrying out regular site inspection visits. Our standard charges are fixed no matter how difficult your application may be.
Our charge covers you for as many inspections as the District Building Surveyor feels necessary - be that 1 or 100.
We are easy to contact, offer expert advice and respond the same day to requests for a visit (provided the request is made before 10.00 am) - few other organisations can offer that degree of service. If you compare our charges with those of calling out a professional surveyor just once or twice, we think you will agree that they are more reasonable than they first appear.
How to pay
A Building Regulations Charges Sheet is available from Building Consultancy Services, providing a guide to the appropriate charge for your proposal. The charge is comprised of three ‘Schedules’ depending on the nature and size of the project
Schedule 1 STANDARD CHARGES FOR NEW DWELLING AND HOUSING UNITS
New build or converted houses, bungalows or flats up to three storeys or 300m2 attract a flat rate charge, a sliding scale sets the charge in proportion to the number of dwellings proposed.
Schedule 2 STANDARD CHARGES FOR DOMESTIC EXTENSIONS AND CERTAIN ALTERATIONS
Standard charges are payable for domestic extensions, such as a kitchen or garage extension, loft conversion, and the amount payable is related to the new floor area. In additional standard charges are payable where certain alterations to a single building are undertaken.
Schedule 3 STANDARD CHARGES FOR NON DOMESTIC EXTENSIONS AND CERTAIN ALTERATIONS
Standard charges are payable for non domestic (commercial) extensions, such as an office extension or new build factory, and the amount payable is related to the new floor area. In additional standard charges are payable where certain alterations to a single building are undertaken.
Individually determined charges NON STANDARD CHARGES ARE DETERMINED INDIVIDUALLY
Where any proposed work falls out side of the standard charges, as laid out on the charges sheet, the charge will be determined individually. This means that the council will look at the extent and nature of the work proposed and then determine an appropriate fee to cover the cost of the various plans examinations and site inspections.
Charges are developed through customer feedback and service standards expected, dependent on the type of development and complexity of scheme design. Please contact us direct for competitive charges quotes.
When to pay
The appropriate plans examination/building notice/regularisation fee should be paid on submission of the application for Building Regulations.
If an inspection fee is due, this will be invoiced from the council to the applicant once the construction phase commences on site.
- cheque - made payable to Borough of Poole
- cash – in person at our offices
- debit/credit card - in person at the Civic Centre or by telephone 01202 633250
VAT at the standard rate is payable on all applications, except the regularisation charge.
On a Full Plans application you normally pay a plan fee when you make the application and an inspection fee, which you are invoiced for when you commence work. With a Building Notice application the total fee is paid when you make the application.
All fees are generally non-refundable.
Please note that charges are reviewed regularly and are generally effective each year from 1 April.
Exemption from building regulation charges
Applications for Building Regulations are normally subject to a fee being paid on submission. Charges are not payable in respect of work that is carried out for the benefit of a disabled person in accordance with Regulation 9 of the Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 2010. In effect:
The Authority has not fixed by means of its scheme, nor intends to recover a charge in relation to an existing dwelling that is, or is to be, occupied by a disabled person as a permanent residence; and where the whole of the building work in question is solely-
a) for the purpose of providing means of access for the disabled person by way of entrance or exit to or from the dwelling or any part of it, or
b) for the purpose of providing accommodation or facilities designed to secure the greater health, safety, welfare or convenience of the disabled person.
The council has not fixed by means of its scheme, nor intends to recover a charge for the purpose of providing accommodation or facilities designed to secure the greater health, safety, welfare or convenience of a disabled person in relation to an existing dwelling, which is, or is to be, occupied by that disabled person as a permanent residence where such work consists of-
a) the adaptation or extension of existing accommodation or an existing facility or the provision of alternative accommodation or an alternative facility where the existing accommodation or facility could not be used by the disabled person or could be used by the disabled person only with assistance; or
b) the provision of extension of a room which is or will be used solely-
(i) for the carrying out for the benefit of the disabled person of medical treatment which cannot reasonably be carried out in any other room in the dwelling, or
(ii) for the storage of medical equipment for the use of the disabled person, or
(iii) to provide sleeping accommodation for a carer where the disabled person requires 24-hour care.
The council has not fixed by means of its scheme, nor intends to recover a charge in relation to an existing building to which members of the public are admitted (whether on payment or otherwise); and where the whole of the building work in question is solely-
a) for the purpose of providing means of access for disabled persons by way of entrance or exit to or from the building or any part of it; or
b) for the provision of facilities designed to secure the greater health, safety, welfare or disabled persons.
Note: ‘disabled person’ means a person who is within any of the descriptions of persons to whom Section 29(1) of the National Assistance Act 1948, as extended by virtue of Section 8(2) of the Mental Health Act 1959, applied but disregarding the amendments made by paragraph 11 of Schedule 13 to the Children Act 1989. The words in section 8(2) of the Mental Health Act 1959 which extend the meaning of disabled person in section 29(1) of the National Assistance Act 1948, are prospectively repealed by the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990, section 66(2), Schedule 10, as from a day to be appointed.
Proof of entitlement as identified above may be requested prior to a Building Regulation application being accepted without a fee. If you are unsure about whether or not you need to pay a fee with a Building Regulation application, please contact us.