Apply for building regulations approval

New fees and charges from 1 April 2023

Notice is hereby given under the Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 2010 that Oxford City Council intends to introduce a new Scheme of Building Regulation Charges and Ancillary Matters which will come into effect on 1 April 2023.

Any fee quotations issued previously will expire on 31 March 2023, should an application have not been made for the work then this work will be subject to the new fee charges as of 1 April 2023.

The new fee charges can be accessed in our Building Control Fees from 1 April 2023 document.

You can complete the application form below and email it back to us at, or you can print it and send it to us at; Customer Services Applications Team, Oxford City Council, Town Hall, Oxford, OX1 1BX.

Download an application form

Before you apply you should;

  • Check if you need building regulations approval for the work you want to do
  • Decide what type of application you want to make:
    • Full plans - This is the most thorough option. You can expect a decision within 5 weeks, or 2 months with your consent. You'll get a completion certificate within 8 weeks of completion of the building work as long as it complies. 
    • Building notice - This type of application is only for smaller projects. You can start work 2 days after your notice has been submitted. You don't get formal approval like you do with full plans.
    • Regularisation - You can apply for 'regularisation' - retrospective approval for work already carried out without consent
  • Download our Building Control application fees to understand how much it will cost

Building control plans and maps

Most building control applications for the erection or extension of a building require a location plan or a site plan (also known as a block plan), to be submitted as a supporting document. You can buy your plan from ReQuestaPlan, the preferred mapping partner of the Planning Portal (other plan purchase sites are available).