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Unauthorised Building Work

Reporting unauthorised building works

Unauthorised work is building work that has started without a Building Regulation application being deposited.

If you think that this may have happened, please contact Building Control to report it to us.

The principal aims of the Building Regulations is to ensure a minimum standard of health, safety, welfare and convenience together with measures to conserve fuel and power. It is the interests of all that come into contact with buildings that compliance with these regulations is met.

Irrespective of the main purpose of the regulations, failure to be able to demonstrate that approval has been obtained for building works, can affect the sale of properties.

Regularisation of Building Work

If building work has been carried out without Building Regulations approval, you can apply retrospectively using our standard application form in respect of the 'unauthorised' work. If parts of the building fabric have been covered up, the building inspector may require them to be uncovered.

This Regularisation process can only be used for work commenced on or after 11 November 1985, where Building Regulation approval would have been required but was not sought.

Apply online - save time and money

We accept electronic submission of Building Control applications and associated plans and drawings via our Online Planning System.

Alternatively send in a valid application form, with two sets of plans and particulars indicating what work has been carried out with the appropriate fee. The application form is available at the bottom of this page.

A regularisation application must be accompanied by the appropriate fee. The appropriate fee is dependent upon the type of work carried out in the Guidance Note on Fees which is available on request.

We will acknowledge receipt of your application and request access to inspect the work. It may be necessary to 'open' up parts of the work so that the Building Control Officer can ascertain if the work complies with the technical requirements of Building Regulations. At this stage further information, such as structural calculations, may be requested.

If necessary we will give you a list of items requiring attention. When these matters have been resolved and a final inspection made a Regularisation Certificate can be issued.

Building Control Enforcement

Building Control can take enforcement action against building work in contravention of the building regulations. In the worst cases this could involve a notice requiring the work is removed or even action through the courts to seek a substantial financial penalty.

Retrospective Planning Permission

If works have taken place without the necessary Planning Permission in place, it may be necessary to make a retrospective planning application. For further information look at the Planning section of the website.

If building work has been carried out without Building Regulations approval, you can apply in retrospect for a Regularisation Certificate for the 'unauthorised' work.

This Regularisation process can only be used for work started on or after 11 November 1985, where Building Regulation approval would have been required but was not applied for.

Contact Details

  • Name Planning Help Desk
  • Address Building Control, Planning and Economic Development, Directorate of Place, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1HL
  • Telephone 01384 814136
  • Fax 01384 814126