Making an ApplicationFull Plans Application | Link with Planning Permission
Full Plans Application
If you wish to apply for building control approval, you need to submit a Full Plans Application. This type of application allows you to have your plans checked by our surveyors and approved as complying with the Building Regulations 2007. A copy of these Regulations and the Building Control (Approved Documents) Order 2011 is available to view or download at the bottom of this page.
The submission of a Full Plans Application has two benefits -
- a set of approved plans to build from, and near immunity from enforcement action if you build in accordance with those plans; and
- a greater certainty of the final building costs.
Another advantage to making a Full Plans Application is that our staff can advise on the following: -
- design and layout;
- structural design and local ground conditions;
- fire safety and engineering;
- energy conservation and sound transmission; and
- access and facilities for people with disabilities, including liaison with other Government Departments and external bodies.
To make a Full Plans Application, it is necessary to complete an application form. An application form is available to download from the document download table at the bottom of the page. The form should be accompanied by two full sets of plans AND a plan fee.
designated buildings under Fire Precaution Act 1975, a further two sets of floor plans are needed.
If you need advice or assistance, ask for a pre-application consultation with one of our Building Control Officers. Please contact our office to make an appointment.
Telephone: 01624 – 685902, Fax: 01624 – 685875, or e-mail Siamack.Rowaichi@gov.im
Letters of Comfort will no longer be issued for works which have been carried out since 1993 without the relevant application having been made. Where works of this nature come to our attention, a Regularisation Certificate will need to be applied for, and the relevant fee paid, using the appropriate form, which can be downloaded in the table at the bottom of this page. On completion of this form, we will arrange a visit to inspect the works for compliance with the Building Regulations.
Link with Planning Permission
In many cases, planning permission will be required in addition to Building Regulations approval. Both are distinct and different areas of control but both will be handled by the Planning & Building Control Directorate of the Department of Local Government and the Environment, which enables co-ordination and combined advice to be given. visit Planning Applications for information.
Planning and Building Control Archive Searches
Advocates acting for a client when handling a property conveyance, by practice, contact the Planning and Building Control Division seeking investigation of either, or both, the planning and building control history of a property. This is carried out for a fee, and seeks to assure client familiarity, for example, as a potential purchaser with
- any planning history including approvals;
- building control completion certificates have been issued in compliance with Building Regulations;
- if the property is within a conservation area;
- if there are any planning enforcement issues on the subject property;
- outstanding planning conditions.
Building Control is regulated by the Department for the Island with exception to the Authorities of Onchan and Douglas.
The Authority for Peel was merged with the Department's responsibility as from January 1st 2010.
Advocates (or interested members of the public) may apply for such searches, including the appropriate fee, using the form downloadable from the bottom of this page.