Building Regulations - Building Notice form

Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

On advice from the government regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), surveyors are working from home. However, you must still notify us for an inspection. Please ensure you leave a phone number so we can call you to confirm whether we are able to visit. At this time we may accept photo evidence instead of a site visit.

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The Building Notice is only recommended for minor projects as all control of the work is carried out on site after each part is completed. Contraventions of the building regulations discovered by the district building surveyor may need alteration removed. All this method requires you to do is submit a simple description of the proposed work along with the appropriate fee.

If the proposal is for the erection of a new building or the extension of an existing building then a 'Block Plan' should accompany the notice.

We have the right to request certain information to enable them to deal with the work properly.

Where the proposed work involves the erection, extension or underpinning of a building over or in the vicinity of a public sewer or drain shown on the map of sewers kept by Wessex Water (the sewerage undertaker) a Building Notice is not acceptable, a Full Plans applicationmust be submitted.

To apply:

Please return the completed form to:

Building Consultancy
Room 206
Civic Centre
BH15 2RU

Site visits

If I make a Building Notice application, will the district building surveyor tell me how to carry out the work during his first visit?

No - while we are always willing to offer help and advice you should not expect to use us as a substitute for an architect or designer.


If you are not confident that you (or your builder) are fully conversant with the requirements of the regulations, then we would strongly advise you do not use a Building Notice application.

When the district building surveyor visits the site he talks to the builder but not me - why?

We are not being disrespectful, but the majority of our clients do prefer us to deal directly with the builder.

We always welcome involvement of the owner in these discussions so if you wish to be involved, please make your wishes known to us during the first visit. Unless confidential matters are involved we must request that you join the builder for the discussion so that everyone is party to the same conversation. If you do wish to have a confidential discussion with the district building surveyor at any stage, please ask (or make a separate arrangement by phone) and we will be happy to oblige.

Page last updated: 03 April 2020
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