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Building control

Fees

  • Building Regulation costs

    All works that come within the remit of Building Regulations attract a fee. The amount of payable to Building Control will be dependent on the nature of work undertaken.

  • Fee for a new build dwelling

    This fee is based on a single new build dwelling up to three storeys with a floor area of up to 250m², including any basement level. The fee for any other dwelling is based on an estimated cost of work.

     Plan fee  Inspection fee  Regularisation fee
     £90  £210  £360

    For developments of more than one dwelling please contact us on 028 9027 0650.

  • Alterations to existing domestic dwellings like extensions, roof space conversions, garages

    Type of work

    Plan fee

    Inspection fee

    Building notice fee

    Regularisation fee

    Detached garage up to 40m² (less than 30m² is exempt)

     £84 

     0

     -

     £100.80

     Extensions up to 20m

     £120

     0

     £120*

     £144

     Extensions 20 - 40m

     £60

     £120

     -

     £216

     Extensions 40 - 60m

     £72

     £144

     -

     £259.20

     Roof space conversion

     £72

     £144

     £216*

     £259.20

     Unvented hot water system**

     £60

     0

     £60

     £72

     Replacement combustion appliance
    (including central heating conversions)**

     £72

     0

     £72

     £86.40

     Installation or extension of heating system**

     £120

     0

     £120

     £144

     Installation of microgeneration technology

     £120

     0

     £120

     £144

     

    Fees for other domestic work, like removing an internal wall or chimney breast, are based on the estimated cost of works. There's no fee payable for cavity wall insulation. Works being carried out for a person with a disability may not carry a fee.

    * You cannot use a Building Notice application for building work to an existing dwelling that increases the floor area of dwelling by more than 10m² or creates a new storey with a floor area of more than 3m².

    ** If you are making an application for more than one of these works at the same time, then only one fee will be charged - if the works include the installation or extension of a heating system that is the fee that will be charged, otherwise the fee will be for a replacement combustion appliance.

  • Fees based on estimated cost of work

    All non-domestic work and some domestic work is based on the estimated cost of the works excluding VAT. The fee is then calculated on a sliding scale.

    Estimate

    Plan fee

    Inspection fee

    Building notice fee

    Regularisation fee

    Up to £2,000

    £60

    0

    £60

     £72

    £2,001 - £5,000

    £150

    0

     £150

     £180

    £5,001 - £20,000

    £40

     £120

     £160

     £192

    Every £1,000 above £6,001

    add £2.50

     add £7.50

     Plan + ins. fees

     (Plan + ins. fees) X 120%

    £20,001 - £100,000

    £77

     £231

     £308

     369.60

    Every £1,000 above £21,001

    add £2

     add £6

     Plan + ins. fees

     (Plan + ins. fees) X 120%

    £100,001 - £1,000,000

     £236.25

     £708.75

     £945.00

     £1134.00

    Every £1,000 above £101,001

    add £1.25

     add £3.75

     Plan + ins. fees

     (Plan + ins. fees) X 120%

    £1,000,001 - £10 million

    £1360.87

     £4082.62

     £5443.50

     £6532.20

    Every £1,000 above £1,001,001

    add 87.5p

     add £2.62

     Plan + ins. fees

     (Plan + ins. fees) X 120%

    Over £10 million - email buildingcontrol@belfastcity.gov.uk or call us on 028 9027 0650

    When fees are based on the estimated cost of the works you will need to give us a written estimate, and for works costing over £10,000 we need a full broken-down estimate.

    This is to make sure we charge you the correct fee. If you need help with calculating a fee please email buildingcontrol@belfastcity.gov.uk or call us on 028 9027 0650.

  • Building control plan archive

    Our plan archive search fee is £30 whether we have records or not. The cost of copies of plans depends on their size. 

     Paper size  Black and white  Colour
     A4  10p  £1
     A3  20p  £2
     A2  £1.50  £10
     A1  £3  £15
     A0  £5  £25
  • Contact us

    For more information you can email us at buildingcontrol@belfastcity.gov.uk or call us on 028 9027 0650.

    You can also visit us at: 

    Building Control
    Ground Floor
    Cecil Ward Building
    4-10 Linenhall Street
    Belfast
    BT2 8BP

Contact us

For more information and advice, get in touch.

buildingcontrol@belfastcity.gov.uk

028 9027 0650

Building Control, Ground Floor, Cecil Ward Building, 4-10 Linenhall Street, Belfast, BT2 8BP

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