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The building notice route does have some disadvantages:

  • no plan approval is given for the proposals - some financial institutions may require you to have plan approval proof to release funds
  • as no plans are approved, this may lead to an increased risk of contraventions of the building regulations occurring as work progresses on site and additional costs may be incurred to correct the issue
  • if you choose the building notice route then you should be sure that you have agreed what the builder will build and what is to be included in the price
  • it places emphasis on you and your builder to make sure the work complies with the building regulations
  • only one fee is payable and this is made when you initially submit the application - although only one payment is required the cost is identical to the overall fee paid for a full plans submission

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