In his column (aj 4.2.99) Paul Hyett quite rightly focuses our attention upon the thin line between sharp practice and mal-practice. I note that he uses the term 'application under the Building Regulations'.
It may be considered a technicality but we do not, in fact, submit an application for permission under the Building Regulations (in the way that we must submit an application for planning permission or for listed- building consent).
Under the Building Regulations we serve a notice on the local authority of 'intention to build or carry out works' and this notice can be either a full plans submission or simply a building notice which contains much less information.
We may begin the work at any time after we have given a Building Notice or deposited plans, provided we give the local authority 48 hours notice.
A 'planning application' or an 'application for listed building consent' must, of course, await the permission notice before work can begin.
D J Hyett