Building control

How to pay / charges and fees

The charges for building regulation applications are a standard charge or, for larger schemes, individually determined on a scheme-by-scheme basis.

Paying for an application

Online payments for full plans, building notice and building regularisation applications (and additional charges)

Calculate the fee due before making payment by viewing our guidance on standard charges (PDF 156.2KB) (VAT will need to be added to the fees shown for all except building regularisation applications and additional charges.

Please note: Additional charges are for work when the relevant building work, or part thereof, has not been carried out by a person referred to in regulation 7(5) (g) or (h) of the Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 2010 applies. It is additional to the inspection charge, building notice charge or regularisation charge.

On the payments page:

  1. select Miscellaneous
  2. select Building Control
  3. choose the type of application you are applying for

Please note: crucial information for matching the payment with the application follows. In the message box field of the payment form, please enter the site address and any online / application reference number (if known) relating to the application being paid.

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Other ways to pay

To pay by telephone, please call us on 0300 300 8635.

To pay by cheque, please make cheques payable to 'Central Bedfordshire Council' and send, along with the detachable slip from your invoice, to:

Payments Team
Central Bedfordshire Council
Priory House
Monks Walk
Chicksands
Shefford
Bedfordshire
SG17 5TQ

Paying invoices

Online payments for invoices

You will receive an invoice telling you how much to pay for your inspection(s).

On the payments page:

  1. select Sundry Invoices
  2. enter your invoice number into the Account Number field
  3. enter name and address
  4. if amount is not automatically entered, please enter the amount (including VAT)
  5. choose Continue (this will open up the shopping cart / basket page)

If you are paying for more than one inspection, please select Add Another item (this will return you to the payment options list).

  1. select Sundry Invoices, then add the next invoice number and details as above (you can return to View Cart from this page)
  2. once all payments are added, choose Continue
  3. enter your name and address (this will take you to the card details page)

Pay your charge or fee online >>

    Other ways to pay

    To pay by telephone, please call us on 0300 300 8635.

    To pay by cheque, please make cheques payable to Central Bedfordshire Council and send, along with the detachable slip from your invoice, to:

    Payments Team
    Central Bedfordshire Council
    Priory House
    Monks Walk
    Chicksands
    Shefford
    Bedfordshire
    SG17 5TQ

    Standard charges

    Read our guidance on standard charges (PDF 156.2KB) , for information about:

    • domestic extensions and alterations
    • new dwellings
    • most other work

    We give reductions on standard charges for repetitive or repeated work from an owner of plans which have already been approved by us. Please email building.control@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk for an individual assessment of the charge for this type of work.

    Individually determined charges

    If the charge for your building work is not listed in the guidance on standard charges (PDF 156.2KB) , it will be calculated individually. In this instance, please email building.control@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk, (with "Request for building regulation charge" in the subject line) with a description of the intended work. We will contact you within 24 hours. You can also telephone us on 0300 300 8635.

    Involve us early

    We welcome early involvement, particularly on larger projects, prior to you submitting a building regulations application. Involving us early will give you the maximum amount of support to achieve a rapid approval of your scheme.

    Payment of charges

    • plan charge - This charge is payable when you submit your application
    • building notice charge - This charge is payable when you submit your application
    • inspection charge - This charge is payable after the first inspection on site by our surveyors. You will be invoiced for the charge and it will cover all subsequent inspections

    If you'd like to see our full charges scheme, please email building.control@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk and we will contact you to arrange an appointment.

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