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Apply for building regulation approval

This page contains advice on how to submit an application for building regulations approval including how to apply online.

Before you apply

Contact us for the latest building control fees. If you need more information - go to our building control and regulations guidance page which also includes details of our free pre-submission consultation service.

Apply online

Submit your application online using one of the three websites below:

  • Apply for building regulations approval via the planning portal (payment by cheque and telephone)
  • Apply for building regulations approval via Submit a plan (payment by cheque or telephone)

Make sure you provide all the supporting documentation, as outlined at the bottom of this page.

Benefits of applying online

  • It's quick, easy to use and available 24/7.
  • Complete your application form, upload supporting documents and, in the case of iApply, pay for your fees all in one place.
  • Work on your applications in draft before submission.
  • Receive immediate delivery and acknowledgement of your application.
  • Save on postage and printing costs.
  • Have an online record of your completed applications.


Please note - your application cannot be processed until we have received the correct fee.

Telephone payments

You can make payment by phone - contact us with your application reference number and card payment details.

Applying by post or in person

Download the  Icon for pdf Building Regulation application form 1 (amended) (PDF, 170.6kb) . Completed forms, any supporting information, as outlined below and cheques should be sent to Building Control using the contact details on this page.

Cheques should be made out to 'Durham County Council'.

You can also submit your application and payment in person to any one of our customer access points located throughout the county.

Supporting documents

Full plans applications

If you're preparing a full plans application, full constructional details of the proposed work should be included. It would be advisable to seek professional advice for what is required unless you have a working knowledge of building regulations and building construction.

Building notice domestic applications

If you choose this option, generally no detailed plans are required as greater emphasis is placed upon site supervision. However, a location plan will be required for works involving property extensions. Plans and details may be requested during the course of the work to assist us with checking, but these will only be requested if absolutely necessary.