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Building Control Fees

Some work is not chargeable although you still need to make a Building Control application. For full details of the fee exemptions please refer to Section 11 of the Council’s scheme of charges.

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These tables of fees charged and guidance notes are based on Dover District Council’s Building Control Charge Scheme. The charge’s scheme has been made under the Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 2010, which contains the full statement of law. A copy of the charge’s scheme is available for viewing at the Council Offices, on request.

Full Plans Application

If you submit a Full Plans application, we will examine the plans and once checked in accordance with Building Regulation’s a decision notice will be issued. Should further clarification be required, we will ask for this to be provided. The submission fee is payable when submitting the application. The inspection fee will be invoiced (where applicable) following the first inspection by Building Control. Only a Full Plans application can be submitted for non-domestic work.

Building Notice Application

If you submit a valid Building Notice you will need to be confident that the work will comply with the Building Regulations as no approval is given for the plans under this procedure. The total fee payable is due on submission of the application. Please note that for more complex projects the Building Notice charge can exceed the total charge for a Full Plans application. A Building Notice cannot be submitted for non-domestic work.

Disabled Exemptions

There are no charges payable when the proposed works are to provide access and facilities in an existing dwelling or is an extension to store equipment or provide medical treatment for a disabled person. In order to claim exemption, the appropriate evidence as to the nature of the disabled person’s disability must support any application.

Multiple Works

Where works are carried out at the same time and fall within more than one of the classes in Table 2 or if works fall within both Table 2 & 3, a discount will apply. The works must be carried out at the same time. If this applies to the application please contact Building Control and we will prepare an individual fee quote.

Regularisation Applications

For further information regarding regularisation applications and fees please see Building Control Regularisation Fees document and Regularisation Application form.

Exemptions to Standard Charges and Supplementary Charges

All these standard charges have been set by the authority on the basis that:

  • The building work does not consist of, or include, innovative or high risk construction techniques (details available from the authority) and/or the duration of the building work from commencement to completion does not exceed 12 months.
  • That the design and building work is undertaken by a person or company that is competent to carry out the relevant design and building work referred to in the standard charges tables.

If the above criteria are not met, the work may incur supplementary charges. (The above list is not exhaustive).

Standard Charges

All fees shown below are inclusive of VAT at 20%

The standard charges below relate to creation or construction of new dwellings each unit not exceeding 300m2 in floor area.

Table 1
Number of Dwellings 1
Full Plans Initial Submission £185
Full Plans Inspection £542
Building Notice £872
Regularisation £909

 

For schemes where the number of units exceeds 1 or floor area of an individual unit exceeds 300m2 please contact Building Control to obtain an individual fee quotation for the work.

Where electrical installations are not to be certified by an installer registered with one of the Governments Competent Persons Schemes an additional charge of £218 will be required for each unit. This is to enable checks and tests on the work to be made by our nominated contractor to establish that the work meets with the requirements of Approved Document P.

If the work that is proposed is not covered by any of the tables provided or if you are unsure whether it is, please contact Building Control on 01304 872495 and if required we will provide you with a fee quotation. Basic drawings may be required for some fee quotations.

Standard Charges for Domestic Extensions & Alterations

All fees shown below are inclusive of VAT at 20%

Table 2
CategoryDescriptionFull PlansBuilding Notice ChargeRegularization Charge
Initial Submission Charge (FP)Inspection Charge (FP)
1 Single Storey Extension up to 10m² £195 £208 £403 £504
2 Extension 10m² - 60m² or Loft Conversion without Dormer(s) – up to 60m² £195 £371 £679 £708
3 Loft Conversion with Dormer(s) – up to 60m² £195 £435 £756 £788
4 Conversion of Garage to Habitable Room £120 £193 £313 £391
5 Removal of Load Bearing wall to create ‘through room’ in domestic dwelling £179 N/A £179 £224
6 Renovation of Thermal Elements (re-roof, re-render, replacement floor etc.) £190 N/A £190 £238
7 Electrical Installation to a Single Dwelling £218 N/A £218 £273
8 Replacement Windows, Rooflights & External Doors (value up to £20,000 – Domestic Only) £128 N/A £128 £160
  All other Domestic Alterations and/or where building work consists of work falling within a combination of categories in Table 2 the charges will be individually determined.

 

If the work that is proposed is not covered by any of the tables provided or if you are unsure whether it is, please contact Building Control on 01304 872495 and if required we will provide you with a fee quotation. Basic drawings may be required for some fee quotations.

Standard Charges for Alterations to a Single Domestic Building (Other than those Specified in Table 2) and all Non-Domestic Work

All fees shown below are inclusive of VAT at 20%

Table 3
Estimated CostFull PlansBuilding Notice ChargeRegularization Charge
Initial Submission ChargeInspection Charge
Up to £2000 £179 - £179 £224
£2001 - £5000 £218 - £218 £273
£5,001 - £10,000 £125 £195 £320 £400
£10,001 - £15,000 £125 £259 £461 £480
£15,001 - £20,000 £125 £323 £538 £560
£20,001 - £25,000 £125 £387 £614 £640

 

Where domestic alterations up to £10,000 are carried out at the same time as work from Table 2 a 30% discount can be applied to the Table 3 charge. Please contact Building Control for further information as only specific work qualifies for the discount.

The conversion of a building to a dwelling(s) or flats is to be charged on the above table for estimated costs.

If the work that is proposed is not covered by any of the tables provided or if you are unsure whether it is, please contact Building Control on 01304 872495 and if required we will provide you with a fee quotation. Basic drawings may be required for some fee quotations.

How to pay

  • By cheque: made payable to ‘Dover District Council’
  • By telephone: 01304 872495

 

Contact Building Control

Tel: 01304 872495

Email: buildingcontrol@dover.gov.uk

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