Building regulations are legal requirements designed to ensure the health and safety of building users. They also take into account energy conservation, access and use of buildings by people, including disabled people.
What building work should comply with building regulations?

Most building projects have to comply with building regulations. For example, you will need to comply if you put up a new building, extend or significantly alter an existing one (e.g. converting a loft space into a living space).
You may also need to comply if you want to install services or fittings in a building, such as replacement windows, toilets, sinks, or hot water cylinders, or if you change the use of a building, since the new use may mean it does not comply to the appropriate regulations.
If you are unsure whether the work you want to do needs to comply, contact the building regulations department of your local council. They will also be able to advise you about the requirements that apply to the work you want to carry out and what procedures you need to follow.
If your project is subject to the building regulations you must, with some exceptions, use one of two types of building control services:

your local authority building control service

an approved inspector's building control service

In either case, an inspector will check on the compliance of the work. A charge or fee is payable.


Complying with building regulations is a separate matter from getting planning permission for your work. In the same way, receiving any planning permission is not the same as taking action to ensure that it complies with building regulation. A free guide to regulations and the planning system is available via the link below.

- Building regulations explanatory booklet (external link)

Planning Permission can be a daunting area. This section will guide you through the various stages of the process. In most cases all stages have to be completed before any building work can begin.

Why Planning Permission?
The System's main aim is to protect the public interest with regards to the local environment. Development by corporations and the public need to be allowed in some cases to ensure that towns prosper and grow. However, strict control of this development must be maintained to ensure that the character and amenity of the area is not adversely affected. Not all development needs planning permission - changes that do not affect the external appearance of a building do not require official permission. Also small changes to the outside of a building may not need permission. This ensures that house owners maintain a certain amount of freedom when making improvements to their property.

Click here if you would like more information on planning permission for Extensions.

Click here if you would like more information on planning permission for Conservatories.

Click here if you would like more information on planning permission for Loft Extensions.
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