Making an Application

It’s easy to make an application to us

There are two ways to make an application – either online or through the post, both routes cost the same.

Full Plans

This type of application requires detailed drawings to be submitted. Once we’ve checked the plans, we will issue a decision notice. We check all applications within two weeks.

Building Notice

This type of application cannot be used for commercial developments and should only be used by experienced professionals who are clear about the requirements of the legislation.

Basic information is provided at the start of the project, but we may ask for more details and information as work progresses. The disadvantage of this route is that we may ask for things you hadn’t expected or budgeted for.

Plan check

For Full Plans applications, the plans will be checked within two weeks and most applications are approved at this stage, subject to conditions where necessary. Where we don’t think it is safe to do this we will ask for further information or amendments. By law, we have to make a decision within eight weeks and we may have to reject plans where we haven’t received amendments within this time frame. However, re-submissions are dealt with free of charge.

Once you are ready to start work on the project, you will need to have various stages of construction inspected by us. Arrange inspections online, by telephone or post. We offer next (working) day inspections, when requested by 4pm Monday to Friday.

Book an inspection

Completion Certificate

Once all stages have been inspected and meet Building Regulations, the project will be completed and we will issue the Completion Certificate. This is an important document which you will use to demonstrate to future purchasers, insurers, warranty providers, solicitors, etc that the work meets the legal requirements of the Building Regulations.

Applying online

If your plans are available electronically (PDF format or similar), you can submit an application and pay online:

Step 1
First find out what the charge will be by visiting our charges section.

Step 2
Complete the form and submit it.

Step 3

Make the appropriate payment. If you are unsure about the fee, please call us and we can calculate it for you. You can pay by card or cheque. If paying by cheque, we will progress the application as soon as we receive it. If paying by card, please call us on 01543 308157 after 10am and we can take the payment over the phone.

By Post

To submit an application via post, please download, complete and print off the Combined Application Form and return it to:

Southern Staffordshire Building Control Partnership
District Council House
Frog Lane
Lichfield
WS13 6YZ

or

Southern Staffordshire Building Control Partnership
South Staffordshire Council
Council Offices
Wolverhampton Road
Codsall
South Staffordshire
WV8 1PX