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Building regulations

Making an application

For some types of building work you have a choice of submitting a full plans application or a building notice

Full plans application

A full plans application can be used for all types of building work.

You will need to provide us with:

  • a completed application form, alternatively you can complete an e-form
  • a 1:1250 scale location plan (block plan) showing the size and position of the building and its relationship to adjoining boundaries
  • plans of the proposal at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100 including:
    • a vertical section through the proposed building showing constructional details
    • a detailed construction specification
    • the provision made for drainage of the building or extension
  • the relevant fee (payment can be made by debit card or by cheque made payable to Maldon District Council)

Charges for the full plans application are normally payable in two stages, with an initial plan charge payable on submission of the application and the remainder payable after our first site inspection.

The plans will be checked to make sure they meet the requirements of the building regulations. Any queries will be raised with you / your agent and when these are resolved an approval notice will be issued to you.

When work starts on site, you can be sure that as long as you build in accordance with the approved plans the work will comply with the Building Regulations. You will need to inform us when you intend to start work so we can arrange the first site inspection.

You can email your documents to us, alternatively you can post them to us at Maldon District Council, Princes Road, Maldon, Essex CM9 5DL. Please note we can only accept electronic plans up to A3. Anything larger than this needs to be provided in paper format.

Building notice

A building notice cannot be used where:

  • premises are designated under the Fire Precautions Act, such as offices, shops, railway premises and factories or buildings subject to the Workplace Regulations 1997
  • the construction of new houses are sited along a private street. If you are unsure whether your house is sited next to a private street, please contact Essex Highways,
  • the building or extension is within 3m of a public sewer

A building notice is most appropriate for minor alterations and/or small extensions to existing houses. You do not have to submit detailed drawings and specifications with the building notice. However, we can request certain additional information, such as calculations and specifications in support of the application as necessary.

You will need to provide us with:

  • a completed building notice form, alternatively you can complete an e-form
  • a 1:1250 scale location plan (block plan) showing the size and position of the building and its relationship to adjoining boundaries
  • the relevant fee (payment can be made by debit card or by cheque made payable to Maldon District Council)

No formal approval of plans is given and the work is checked mainly through site inspection. Therefore you should be confident that the work you carry out on site will comply, as there will not be any approved drawings to refer to. You may start work 48 hours after giving the building notice. However, you must inform us when the work will be starting to enable a site inspection to be carried out.

Making a payment

There are a number of ways to pay the application fee.

  • BACS - please phone 01621 854477 for our BACS details.
  • Pay by phone using a debit card - please call 01621 854477 and speak to an advisor. Please do not use our Automated Telephone Payment service for Building Regulations fees.
  • Cheque - made payable to 'Maldon District Council' and post it with your application documents to Maldon District Council, Princes Road, Maldon, CM9 5DL.

Please note: If you are paying by cheque, this will be cashed on receipt. This enables your application to be processed in a timely manner.

Please ensure that you quote the application number (if known), or the site address to ensure we can link the payment with your application.

For your application to be accepted, you must submit the correct fee. If you are unsure of the correct charge please contact us.