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Building Control

The Building Control team is returning to normal site inspections, but to reduce contact between staff and occupants, inspections will be undertaken with face coverings and social distancing.

You should contact Building Control to discuss booking an appointment. Appointments need to be booked by 4pm the day before the inspection is required. If someone in the household or site staff has tested positive for coronavirus or is in isolation, you should let us know when you're booking an appointment.

The Civic Centre is closed to members of the public until further notice. You won’t be able to visit Building Control service in person during this time.

If you need help with Building Control matters, please contact:

Building Control - Technical Support
Phone: 01642 729375

We've moved to a new system (Citizen Portal Building Control) for building control applications.

The online Building Control applications register lets you search Building Control applications which have been submitted to Middlesbrough Council, which are either being considered or have already been determined.

If you have any problems using the Citizen Portal Planning website, please contact the Building Control team by emailing or calling 01642 729375.

What is Building Control?

Building regulations dictate the design and construction of buildings as well as the provision of services, fittings and equipment. They are the minimum standards laid down by the government.

Middlesbrough Council's Building Control service oversees the regulations set out in the Building Act 1984 and other relevant building legislation.

The department:

  • ensures that all building work complies with relevant regulations
  • ensures the health and safety of people in and around buildings is maintained
  • ensures that the welfare and convenience of people with disabilities are properly catered for
  • advises on legislation about conservation of fuel and power

The LABC Front Door website gives advice on home improvements, building regulations, contracts, working with builders and designers, planning permission, and more.

Do I need building regulations approval?

Not all building projects need building regulations approval. The Planning Portal website has a useful interactive tool which helps you to find out whether your project needs approval. First, choose your building type (detached house, terrace, or flat and shop), then click the feature you're planning to build or add, for example, solar panels or external lighting. You'll then need to click on the tab called 'building regulations' to get the information you need.

How do I submit an application?

You can submit your applications through the Planning Portal website. This is a free service which allows you to submit building regulation applications to us, but you don't have the option to pay for your application online.

Alternatively you can download a printable Building Regulation application form.

And submit it:


View the Building Regulation charges from 1 April 2021.

These were updated in April 2021. View the publication notice about the new charges.

Discontinued service by an Approved Inspector

If your project has started on site and you have since been informed by your appointed Approved Inspector that they are unable to continue to provide service (for example, because the company no longer holds professional indemnity insurance to operate as an Approved Inspector), then the person undertaking the work / building owner will need to take steps to ensure the development remains lawful.

How do I search for an application?

You can use the online tool to search for a building regulation application.


Information on building regulations and associated legislation, energy conservation, design, and conservation areas, can be found on the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) website.

You can also call 01642 729375 or email

For information relating to planning services, including planning applications, enforcement, advice and information call 01642 729377 or email