Apply for a Building Warrant

You should apply for a Building Warrant via the eBuilding Standards website.

If you are already registered with ePlanning, use the same login details.

Paper versions of the forms are available to download from the website.

Read the technical guidance for Domestic and Non-domestic applications.

For larger and more complex projects you can request pre-application advice.

You may also need planning permission.

Methodology for submitting a Building Warrant

The two part methodology document provides guidance for agents on how to prepare drawings and supporting information prior to presenting them as part of an application for Building Warrant.

Submitting information in this way will help to 

  • speed up the process 
  • get your application granted
  • reduce the assessment time for your application.

Use the examples in the methodology to guide you as you create your drawings and specifications.

There are two areas of the guidance which are proving to be significant. Please ensure

  • your application plans are correctly orientated prior to uploading these to the portal
  • when submitting revised plans or further information to address issues raised in the technical assessment of your application, you use the correct form in the Which Forms? Wizard, submit documentation / information that supports a previously submitted form and quote the correct Building Warrant reference number.

Failure to adhere to all the published guidance will result in a delay to your application.

Alternative method of compliance

This form should be used when your proposed design does not follow the guidance within the technical handbooks. You should explain clearly and concisely why your proposal should be accepted as an alternative to the guidance given in the technical handbooks.

Request an alternative method of compliance

Please email the completed form to the surveyor who is processing your application.

Building Warrant payments and fees

You can pay for Building Warrants at the same time as submitting your application via the eBuilding Standards website

Alternatively, you can make a payment after you have applied or where the original fee was either incorrect or has been challenged.

We no longer accept cheques or phone payments for Building Warrant applications.

Please note that the proposed value of works will be checked by our surveyor against the RICS building cost information surveys of tender prices. This records the cost / m2 to build different types of buildings in different areas of the country. You will be notified if we feel the value of works have been underestimated and if subsequently an additional fee is required.

Download Building Warrant fees - PDF

Download cost of works - PDF