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Regularisation Procedure

Regularisation provides a method for obtaining approval for unauthorised work. It allows the Local Authority to consider appropriate works carried out and completed without the submission of full plans and giving of notice. Civicance do this on behalf of the Local Authority.

When the vendor is selling a property they may be asked to produce evidence of approvals. Civicance officers will issue a ‘Certificate of Regularisation’ if the work complies with the regulations that were in operation at the time the unauthorised works were completed when they inspect the property.

The types of work that can be regularised are as follows:

  • domestic and commercial
  • extensions and alterations
  • roofspace conversions
  • garage conversions
  • erection of new buildings
  • change of use
  • installing cavity wall insulation
  • installing a heating system
  • structural alterations, etc

How to apply

Complete the Regularisation section of the standard application form.

The form requires you to provide the following information:

  • a description of the unauthorised work
  • the date of completion of the works
  • the use of the building
  • details of services

The application for Regularisation must be accompanied by a fee equal to 120% of the normal fees that would be payable under the current fee regulations for proposed work. (Details are available from the Civicance officers). In circumstances where substantial additional or remedial work is required additional information and an additional fee may be required.

In some circumstances you may be asked to provide plans of the work and/or plans of additional remedial work, especially for non-domestic work.

What We Do

We will arrange to inspect the work when an application is received . We will assess compliance of the work with the regulations and advise of works that do not comply and need additional or remedial work. An opportunity will be given to carry out that work in order that a certificate may be issued.

The types of work that can be regularised are as follows:

  • domestic and commercial
  • extensions and alterations
  • roofspace conversions
  • garage conversions
  • erection of new buildings
  • change of use
  • installing cavity wall insulation
  • installing a heating system
  • structural alterations, etc

We may need to open up hidden work for a more detailed inspection. 

You might decide not to proceed with the additional or remedial work, perhaps because it would be too expensive or disruptive. We will not issue a certificate in these circumstances or where there are serious contraventions of Building Regulations. A ‘limited certificate’ may be issued. This will state which work complies or does not comply and what has been inspected.

Depending on the nature and seriousness of any contraventions, legal proceedings may be instituted.

Regularisation does not apply to work completed before 11th November 1985. Regularisation provides a method for obtaining approval for unauthorised work; this assumes full co-operation on behalf of the applicant. 

Limitations

  • No building regulation approval is given.
  • Remedial work and work of opening up may be required
  • A ‘limited’ Certificate may be unacceptable to the purchaser
  • When a Certificate cannot be issued; there is no refund of the fee
  • Where there are serious contraventions you may be required to carry out works of compliance
  • There may be a requirement to notify other Government agencies