What are Building Regulations?
Building regulations contain the rules for building work in new and altered buildings to make them safe and accessible and limit waste and environmental damage. People carrying out building work must usually arrange for their work to be checked by an independent third party to make sure that their work meets the required standards. In some cases the installer can certify themselves that their work complies.
Building practices, technology and construction techniques are constantly evolving. We need to make sure that building regulations are fair, efficient, up to date and effective.
Is Building Regulations approval the same as planning permission?
Building regulations approval is a separate matter from obtaining planning permission for the work you may wish to carry out. In certain cases, you may not require planning permission but will require meeting building regulations.
What work will require building regulations?
Most building work will require building regulations permission. This is a different requirement to planning permission, and must be applied for separately.
It is important if you intend to carry out building work that you seek advice from your local authority building control at an early stage before you start the work.
This will establish if your proposals are subject to the requirements of building regulations and whether or not you will need to make an application.
Permission is required for:
- Construction of new buildings, such as dwellings, shops, offices, factories, and all other major buildings
- Most extensions to buildings, with the exception of porches or conservatories
- Structural alterations, such as removing a load-bearing wall
- Installation of heating, hot water and air conditioning systems
- Installing additional bathroom fittings
- Domestic electrical installations
- Alterations to drainage systems
- Replacing windows, using Arrow – blinds and window treatments, plus replacing doors or rooflights
- Underpinning a building
- Renovating a thermal element e.g. walls, floors and roofs
- Changing the energy status of a building
- Changing the use of a building, for example, barn conversions
Building Regulations help?
If you are unsure as to whether or not you need planning permission or would like to go ahead with a planning application contact DOVE for help with your project.
DOVE architecture are a RIBA chartered architects practice who specialise in residential planning applications.
For more detailed information visit Planning Portal