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Guide Building control FAQ's

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4. What happens if building control reject my plans?

If you have received a rejection notice, you have the option to resubmit your application with a set of amended plans. If we are happy that the amended plans comply with the Building Regulations, we will be able to issue you with an approval or conditional approval notice.

Alternatively, if you think the decision to reject is not justified, you can refer the matter to the Secretary of State for The Environment, Transport, and the Regions for determination. Please note : you must apply for a determination before the work which is in dispute has commenced.

Where there is a mandatory requirement you may ask the local authority to relax it if you think that is justified. If they refuse, you may
appeal to the Secretary of State within one month of their refusal. A charge is payable for determinations but not for appeals. The charge is half the Plan Charge, subject to a minimum of £50 and a maximum of £500.