Apply for a building warrant
Before you carry out any building work or conversion to your building you should check if you require a building warrant.
How to apply
There are two ways to apply for a building warrant. You can either:
Please read the following notes about applying online.
Please consider submitting your application, where possible, online.
Send us your application on paper. Forms can be found on forms and guidance. Please read the following notes about applying using paper form.
To help decide which method is best for you, please read the following helpful requirements guide.
A building warrant remains valid for 3 years from the date it was granted and construction work cannot begin before the building warrant has been approved.
Please note: A building warrant does not exempt you from obtaining other types of consent, such as planning permission.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
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It is an offence to start work without a building warrant, where a building warrant is required. Starting work could result in statutory enforcement action being taken and result in a fine of up to £5,000.
Notes about applying online
The way you apply for a building warrant online changed from 24 August 2016 with the national e-Development Portal now including eBuilding Standards.
If you already submit planning applications using this service, you can also submit building warrant applications using the same login.
At this time we request that you submit plans and drawings online only on A3 or smaller, this will help us process your application more efficiently. At this time we are unable to accept documents that cannot be printed to scale at A3 or A4. If you cannot reduce your documents to be printed at A3 or A4, you may be asked to submit hard copies of these to us therefore we will continue to accept and assess all other building warrant paper applications (including follow up documentation) as normal.
Please ensure that plans and other supporting evidence files are submitted and uploaded in the correct orientation as individual .PDF’s and are clearly titled. The file should be saved with the orientation it should be viewed in, landscape or portrait. e.g. drawings to be viewed as landscape are supplied as landscape etc.
Notes about applying using paper form
You can still submit your building warrant and supporting documentation using paper form.
If you cannot reduce your documents to be printed at A3 or A4, this is the most efficient way to submit your building warrant submission at this time.
Application forms which need to be signed require printing out. Please post completed forms to our address. Forms which do not need to be signed can be returned by email.