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Do I need building regulations?

In England and Wales, the building regulations apply to defined building work and they set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the safety and health for those in or about those buildings.

What are building regulations?

Building Regulations exist to ensure that building work meets minimum standards in the following areas:

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.

How do the regulations apply to various types of building projects?

Take a look at an interactive guide for householders visual interactive guide.

Permission is required for:

Permission is not required for: (pdf icon click here for more information [111kb])

However, for domestic work, even if a building is exempt from Building Regulations Approval, you may still need to comply with part of the building regulations, which covers electrical safety.

You can find more information about from the national planning portal website

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