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Building Regulations Application Form

Full Plans – Non-Domestic Work

Save, print and post the completed application form along with 2 copies of existing and proposed plans, specifications, structural calculations to Building Control, Ground Floor, Cecil Ward Building, 4-10 Linenhall Street, Belfast, BT2 8BP.

1. Notice of intention to

Select the appropriate option.

▢ Erect a building or buildings

▢ Make structural alterations to a building or buildings

▢ Provide or alter services or fittings in connection with a building or buildings

▢ Make a material change of use to the whole or part of a building or buildings

2. Applicant

First name(s): _________________________________________________ Surname:  __________________________________________________

Address and postcode:  _____________________________________________________________________________________________________


Phone: ___________________________________________ Email: __________________________________________________________________

3. Agent

(if different from Applicant)

First name(s): _________________________________________________ Surname: ___________________________________________________

Company name: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Address and postcode: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________


Phone: ___________________________________________ Email: __________________________________________________________________

4. Builder

(include details if known and if different from Applicant or agent)

Company name:  __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Address and postcode:  _____________________________________________________________________________________________________


Phone: ___________________________________________ Email: __________________________________________________________________

5. Property or site address

Location address and postcode:



Is the site: 

▢ Green-field (never previously developed)?         ▢ Brown-field (previously developed)?          ▢ Don't know

6. Description of work

(You must provide a clear detailed description of the work. Attach additional sheets if required)

Description of work:



7. Use of the building or extension

Existing use: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 

Proposed use: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

On these premises, is it intended to provide entertainment, operate an amusement arcade, provide film exhibitions or dispense petroleum?  

▢ No         ▢ Yes

If yes, specify: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Will the building be subject to a pavement café licence?

▢ No         ▢ Yes

8. Services

Is or will there be air-conditioning in the building?

▢ No         ▢ Yes

If yes, tell us the output: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Note: If you are proposing to connect the drainage system of two or more properties to a public sewer, you must obtain written approval to connect before any connections are made. This approval must be based on mandatory sewer adoption agreement (Article 161) issued and authorised by Northern Ireland Water, under the Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 (as amended by the Water and Sewerage Services Act (Northern Ireland) 2016).  See  Northern Ireland Water for further advice.

9. Specify the guidance used in the design of the following fire safety measures

Means of escape                                                                           
Internal fire spread - linings  
Internal fire spread - structure  
External fire spread  
Facilities and access for the Fire and Rescue Service  

Note: You must send us 2 additional copies of any plans marked up with fire safety information as we may need to send them to the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

10. Fees

All non-domestic work is based on the estimated cost of the works excluding VAT. Refer to our fees sheet, use the fee calculator on or contact us to work out your fee for you.

 Total estimated construction cost
(for all relevant work - enclose a written estimate):
Plan fee £__________


Cheques must be made payable to Belfast City Council.  You can also pay at our office by card or cash, or over the phone by card.

For estimated construction costs of £10,000 or more we need a written breakdown of the costs, for example from a quantity surveyor, architect or builder. (This is so we can check the accuracy of the fee we charge).


I am making this application under the Building Regulations (NI) 2012 (as amended). 

I understand that an inspection fee may be payable following the first inspection.

Signature: ______________________________________________  Print name: ______________________________________________________

Date: ___________________________________________

Tick as appropriate

▢ Applicant         ▢ Agent

Note: It is an offence under Article 21 1(A) of the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) Order 1979 (as amended) to knowingly or recklessly submit false or misleading information for the purpose of securing Building Regulations approval.

Privacy notice - how we will use information about you

Belfast City Council is the Data Controller under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for the personal data it gathers for the purposes of processing building control applications and enforcing the building regulations. 

You are providing your personal data to the Council whose lawful basis for processing is for compliance with a legal obligation under the following legislations: the Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 (as amended) and the Rates (Northern Ireland) Order 1977.

The personal data may be shared internally within the Council with staff who are involved in providing this service and where necessary, between internal departments with the purpose of supporting an effective delivery of service.  It may also be shared with the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) for the purposes of consulting with them about building control applications and with the Land and Property Agency (LPS) to provide property survey information for valuation purposes.

Your personal data will not be shared or disclosed to any other organisation without your consent, unless the law permits or places an obligation on the Council to do so.

If you have any queries regarding the processing of your personal data, contact building control’s policy and legal officer at or call 028 9027 0650.  If you wish to contact the Council’s Data Protection Officer, write to Belfast City Council, City Hall Belfast, BT1 5GS or email

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