A Full Plans Application is the only way to gain a Building Regulations Approval, for domestic or commercial works; this is because full construction details including scaled plans and specification for the development are provided to the department for assessment prior to works beginning on site. Once received the department will assess the submitted plans and, if necessary, request any amendments or further information relating to the works until they demonstrate compliance with the Building Regulations. An Approval or Conditional Approval will then be issued.
Statute gives the local authority 5 weeks to assess and make a decision on a Full Plans Application submitted; this can be extended to 2 months upon request. This will normally give the applicant or their representative time to amend plans as required so that an approval can be given. Applications are frequently determined before the full time period has elapsed. Once approved, construction can commence in line with the Approved Plans.
A Full Plans Application should include a completed application form, a location plan, accurate drawings clearly showing the proposed works, a clear and concise construction specification, any other information relevant to the works such as structural or thermal calculations and the appropriate fee.