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Building Notice method

Please note that the Building Notice can only be used for domestic work.

The Building Notice method doesn't normally involve the submission of detailed plans and is most suitable when small works are being carried out. But it does help if you submit a marked up sketch showing the location of the building. In certain circumstances some plans and details may be required to enable us to carry out necessary checks.

As no formal approval is given it is essential that there is good liaison between the builder and the building control officer. This helps to reduce the risk of work being carried out that does not comply with the regulations.

Some of the advantages of using the Building Notice method are:

  • It's a simple process
  • There's no delay while detailed plans are produced
  • There's no cost involved in the preparation of detailed plans
  • There's a greater emphasis on the site inspection programme
  • A completion certificate is issued on satisfactory completion of the work

Make a submission

To submit an application by post,

and send it together with the required information and charge to the Council at West Lancashire Borough Council, Directorate of Development and Regeneration Services, 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk L39 2DF.

You can bring the submission and charge in person to the offices but these should be placed in a sealed envelope and deposited with the Customer Services reception. We are unable to provide a receipt for the charge at the reception point but one will be provided after the submission has been registered.