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South Tyneside Building Control

Building regulation charges - Guidance note 1 new build housing (With effect from November 2023)


  1. Principles of the charging scheme
  2. Payment of charges
  3. Scale of charges
  4. Contact details
  5. Table of charges

Principles of the charging scheme

Charges are payable for the following functions:

(a) the passing or rejection of plans of proposed building work which have been deposited with the Authority in accordance with section 16 of the Building Act 1984 (as amended).

(b) the inspection of building work for which plans have been deposited with the Authority in accordance with the Building Regulations 2010 and with section 16 of the Building Act 1984 (as amended)

(c) the consideration of a Building Notice, which has been given to the Authority in accordance with the Building Regulations 2010

(d) the consideration of building work reverting to the Authority under the Building (Approved Inspectors etc.) Regulations 2010

(e) the consideration of a regularisation application submitted to the Authority under regulation 18 of the Building Regulations 2010

(f) Chargeable advice - payable on demand after the Authority have given notice in writing.

Payment of charges

Charges in respect of 1(a) to (d) above are required to be paid by the person by whom or on whose behalf the work is to be carried out; a charge in respect of (1)(e) is required to be paid by the owner of the work or building. In relation to 1(f) the charge is payable by any person requesting advice for which a charge may be made.

The charges for the prescribed function are divided into Plan and Inspection Charges in relation to a Full Plans Application; Building Notice Charges and Regularisation Charges.

Please make payment by cash, debit card, or by cheque (made payable to South Tyneside Council).

  • Full Plans - The plan charge is a deposit fee payable on submission of a Full Plans application to the Authority.
  • Inspection Charge - Is the balance payment for the cost of the service, required to be paid on demand, after the first inspection has been carried out, following commencement of the works. The invoice for this charge will be sent to the owner (applicant on application form), unless requested otherwise.
  • Building Notice - The charge must be paid when the notice is submitted to the Authority.
  • Regularisation Charge - The charge must be paid when the application is submitted to the Authority.

If the basis on which the charge has been determined changes, the Local Authority may refund or request a supplementary charge. The Authority will provide a written statement setting out the basis and method of calculation for the refund/ supplementary charge.

Scale of charges

This information sheet is for guidance only. All charges specified are derived from the current Scheme of Charges prepared by the Authority to which reference may be made if clarification is required, as it contains full details of the scheme and the provisions of The Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 2010.

All fees are subject to VAT at the appropriate rate (except Regularisation charge).

There are two methods used by the Authority to establish the Building Regulation Charge:

  • Standard charge - see table below
  • Individually Determined Charge - including dwellings with floor areas greater than 300m²; and reversions.

If your Building Regulation application requires an individually determined charge - please contact the relevant Building Control team: with the location and a full description of the proposed building work.

The standard charges have been set by the Authority on the basis that the building work does not consist of, or include, innovative or high risk construction techniques and / or the duration of the building work from commencement to completion does not exceed 12 months.

The charges have also been set on the basis that the design and building work is undertaken by a person or company that is competent to carry out the design and building work referred to in the standard charges tables, that they are undertaking. If not, the work may incur supplementary charges.

Contact Details

Building Control South Tyneside Council
Town Hall & Civic Offices,
Westoe Road,
South Shields,
Tyne & Wear,
NE33 2RL

Tel: 0191 4247436
Website: South Tyneside Council

Plan ChargeNumber of House TypesInspection ChargeBuilding Notice ChargeRegularisation Charge

For applications with number of dwellings in excess of 20 - please contact the Building Control team
to discuss the relevant charge.

An additional charge becomes payable when electrical work is not carried out by a Part P Registered Electrician and is set to recover additional Local Authority costs - currently set at £625.00 + VAT per unit.

A Part P Registered Electrician is a qualified electrician who also has the necessary Building Regulations knowledge to enable his accreditation body to certify his work.