Building control

What we do


The main purpose of Building Control is to ensure that all building work complies with the Building Regulations and other allied legislation. This is done by checking plans of proposed work and also by inspecting the work on site.

Building Control also investigates buildings and other structures which may be dangerous to ensure that the necessary steps are taken to remove the danger. We also control the way in which buildings are demolished to protect the safety of neighbours and the general public.

In addition Building Control administers and enforces the requirements of the Safety at Sports Grounds Act 1975 and the subsequent Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987

You can write to us at:

Building Control
Brighton & Hove City Council
First Floor, Hove Town Hall
Norton Road Hove BN3 3BQ

For further information go to our Building Control contact page.

Renovating Your Home

In conjunction with the LABC we have published a useful guide to 'Renovating Your Home'. In addition to general advice, the guide aims to show how your project may be affected by the Planning and Building Regulations.

Guide to improving your home leaflet cover

You can also view some useful 'You Tube' clips for further advice on domestic building projects.

Please remember however that Brighton & Hove Building Control uses the Submit-a-Plan.portal to receive applications.

Making a building regulation application using Submit-a-Plan

We are now asking for all Building Regulation applications to be made to us using the online 'Submit-a-Plan' portal.

If you are not aware of Submit-a-Plan or are unsure about using it please check out their web page where you will find much useful information.

Before making your application please take note of our own specific requirements and also guidance regarding paying the associated fees.

If you have difficulties with this new system please contact us on 01273 292050

Making a building regulation application: GDPR privacy information

To find out how we handle your personal information when making a Building Regulation application please read our privacy statement

Payment online

You can now pay your Building Regulation Fees online.

Run down the list 'payment types' on the left hand side of the page and hit the 'Building Reg App Charge' heading. Follow the instructions on the page that then comes up.

Should you have problems please contact: 01273 292050.

Building Control Fee Scales

Download the fee scales from 1 May 2019 (pdf 56KB)

Building Control Register

Building Regulations Applications

You can search for Building Control applications submitted to Brighton & Hove City Council that postdate 1.January 2000.

To do this, please go to Building Control Register. A charge of £16.30 including VAT will be made for copies of decision notices and/or completion certificates.

For Building control applications the pre-date 1 January 2000 please contact our Building Control team on 01273 292050 or email

Outstanding Notices

If you wish to check for any outstanding Statutory Notices under the Building Regulations or the Building Act 1984 please view our Statutory Notices (PDF 121kb)

Contravention of Building Regulations

The Council currently have NO outstanding proceedings for any provision contained in the Building Regulations.

Construction (Design and Management) regulations

As of April 6th 2015, CDM regulations cover domestic work, including extensions and rooms in the roof.

Owners of the property, designers, consultants and contractors all have their own responsibilities within this legislation.

To find out more please visit the CITB website.

Other information

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Planning Permission

Where you intend to carry out building work that affects the appearance of your building or change its use you may require planning permission under the Town and Country Planning Acts.

If you are carrying out any work to a 'Listed Building' then you must apply to for listed building consent under the Town and Country Planning Acts. You can find out if your property is listed on our 'Listed buildings in Brighton & Hove' page.

Customer Promise

Read the Planning and Building Control Customer Promise.

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