Building control charges

Depending on the building work you are doing, you may be charged a standard rate or an individually determined charge.

There are three ways of applying for building regulation approval:

  • Full plans application - full details are deposited with the Council for checking against regulations. A charge is usually payable in two instalments, a plan charge and an inspection charge. If both charges are paid on deposit of the application the total will be reduced by £30.
  • Building notice application - minimum details are deposited with the Council. A single charge is payable on deposit of the application.
  • Unauthorised building work application (regularisation) - details of completed building works are deposited with the Council for checking against regulations that applied at the time the work was carried out. A single charge is payable on deposit of the application.

Schedule 1

Standard charges for new dwellings or conversions to new housing (not over 300m2)

 Full plans routeBuilding notice route 
Standard charge for the creation of new dwellings
Number of dwellingsSubmission charge (SC)Inspection charge (IC)Total full plans charge (SC+IC)Building notice charge (BN)Regularisation charge (RC)
1

£195

£234

£480

£576

£675

£810

£730

£876

£1,095
2

£270

£324

£720

£864

£990

£1,188

£1,050

£1,260

£1,575
3

£315

£378

£775

£930

£1,090

£1,308

£1,150

£1,380

£1,725

 VAT not applicable for regularisation. Figures in bold include VAT.

You should contact us if:

  • the development consists of four or more dwellings
  • there is a similarity of house types
  • the dwelling has a floor area over 300m2
  • the dwelling has more than three floors above ground level
  • the work consists of a a conversion into a dwelling or dwellings

Schedule 2

Standard charge for domestic extensions to a single dwelling

Extensions
CategoryDescriptionSubmission charge (SC)Inspection charge (IC)Total full plans charge (SC+IC)Building notice charge (BN)Regularisation charge (RC)
1Extension not over 10m2

£180

£216

£240

£288

£420

£504

£480

£576

£720
2Extension between 10m2 and 40m2

£180

£216

£335

£402

£515

£618

£570

£684

£855
3Extension between 40m2 and 60m2

£180

£216

£435

£522

£615

£738

£670

£804

£1,005
Garages
4Erection or extension of a garage or carport

£135

£162

£195

£234

£330

£396

£390

£468

£585
Loft conversions
5Extension or alteration to a loft to create rooms

£180

£216

£385

£462

£565

£678

£620

£744

£930
Garage conversions
6Conversion of a single garage for habitable use

£135

£162

£195

£234

£330

£396

£390

£468

£585

VAT not applicable for regularisation. Figures in bold include VAT.

Schedule 3

Standard charge for domestic alterations

Window replacement, electrical works, renovation of thermal elements and structural alterations
CategoryDescriptionFixed price for full plans or building noticeRegularisation charge (RC)
7Window replacement - up to 10 windows (not covered by the competent persons scheme)

£120

£144

£180
8Window replacement - between 10 and 20 windows (not covered by the competent persons scheme)

£140

£168

£210
9Any electrical work other than rewiring of a dwelling (not schedule 2 works or part of the competent persons scheme)

£290

£348

£435
10Rewiring or new installation in a dwelling (not schedule 2 or part of the competent persons scheme)

£330

£396

£495
11Renovation of a thermal element (eg roof, ground floor or wall) in a dwelling (works not exceeding £5000)

£90

£108

£135
12Structural alterations (eg new steel beams, chimney breast removal)

£140

£168

£210

VAT not applicable for regularisation. Figures in bold include VAT.

Schedule 4

Standard charge for all other domestic work not covered by schedules 2 and 3

All other domestic work
CategoryDescriptionSubmission charge (SC)Inspection charge (IC)Total full plans charge (SC+IC)Building notice charge (BN)Regularisation charge (RC)
13Up to £5,000

£195

£234

n/a

£195

£234

£250

£300

£375
£5,001 to £10,000

£385

£462

n/a

£385

£462

£440

£528

£660
£10,001 to £20,000

£180

£216

£440

£528

£620

£744

£690

£828

£1,035
£20,001 to £30,000

£240

£288

£480

£576

£720

£864

£780

£936

£1,170
£30,001 to £40,000

£285

£342

£520

£624

£805

£966

£860

1,032

£1,290

£40,001 to £50,000

£335

£402

£570

£684

£905

£1,086

£970

£1,164

£1,455

VAT not applicable for regularisation. Figures in bold include VAT.

Individual determination of a charge

Charges are individually calculated for larger, more complex schemes that do not fall into the standard charge categories. 

You should email us a description of your proposed works or call us on 0118 937 2449 for a quote.

Electrical works

An additional £300 (including VAT) will be charged for any electrical work carried out not using an appropriately qualified/Part P registered electrician while carrying out other building work.

 

Cheques for all building control work should be made payable to Reading Borough Council and sent to Building Control Services, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU.

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