Apply for building regulations approval

You must formally notify us of your building work, either through a full plans application, or by submitting a building notice. If you have carried out work without getting building regulations approval, you can apply for regularisation. 

Full plans application

You will need to include detailed plans of the work you're doing. Building Control will examine the plans before any work has started and advise you of any changes required in order to meet building regulations. You must pay the relevant plan charge fee when you submit your application. You can pay the inspection fee when work starts on site.  

Building notice

This type of application is generally aimed at domestic building works of a minor nature that do not require a plan. A building notice cannot be submitted for work to commercial or industrial buildings. You must pay the relevant building notice fee when you submit your application. 


You can apply for regularisation - retrospective approval for work already carried out without consent. Only work carried out after 11 November 1985 can be approved in this way, and after we have assessed the work you might need to make alterations to demonstrate compliance. You must pay the relevant regularisation fee when you submit your application.


You must pay the appropriate fee when you submit your application. Please refer to the building regulation fees before you start your application. 


  • Where invoices are issued we expect payment within 28 days.
  • If debt recovery exceeds 60 days a default charge for recovery of £125 will be applied in addition to the outstanding amount. 

How to apply

The quickest way is to apply and pay online. Before you apply, please make sure you have made a note of the application fees.

Apply online

Or you can download, complete and return the paper application form with a cheque made payable to Liverpool City Council.

If you wish to make your payment over the phone, call 0151 233 3021, quoting your online application reference number or your name and address if you've sent a paper application.

What happens next?

The approval is valid for three years. Work can begin as soon as two days after you've submitted your application, but you cannot be certain that any work carried out before you have got formal approval complies with building regulations. If you also need planning permission, do not start work until you've got this.

After you've submitted your application, you must let us know when the building work starts. We'll come to inspect the work at the start, end and at various stages to make sure it meets the building regulations standards.