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Building Control - Building Regulations Approval - Do you Need?

Does your building work need approval?

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Most types of building work require a Building Regulations Application to be submitted and approved.

Although there are certain exemptions, it is always advisable before commencing work, to check with Building Control.

You should also find out if either Planning permission or Listed buildings register are required before you start work.

If your planned building work requires approval you must submit a Building Regulations application;

Either:  Deposit of Full Plans  or  Building Notice 

IMPORTANT: Whether or not your building project requires Building Regulations Approval you may still need:
Planning Permission,
Listed Building Consent,
Conservation Area Consent,

for more info & advice seePlanning Services 
You may also need:
Landlords Consent,
Party Wall  Agreement,
Water & Sewage Companies Agreement

DO YOU? - DON'T YOU?, NEED BUILDING REGULATIONS APPROVAL


The following are examples of types of building work commonly undertaken. The notes which accompany each example are a good guide as to whether or not you need to get Building Regulations Approval.

ELECTRICAL WORK  

YES - You will need Building Regulations Approval.

Since 1st January 2005it has necessary to get Building Regulation approval for any electrical work undertaken in your home or garden. This means that electrical work must be installed by a competent person or electrician. Building Control - Electrical Regulations since 1st January 2005

All electrical work must have a certificate of compliance as per Electrical Regulations or Building Regulations. (BS7671). This addition to the regulations aims to reduce deaths caused by defective electrical installations. 

AN EXTENSION TO YOUR HOME

YES - You will need Building Regulations Approval.

Exception:You can build a Porch or Conservatory at ground level and under 30 square metres in floor area, so long as the window glazing satisfies Part N of the Building Regulations. 

A LOFT CONVERSION

YES - You will need Building Regulations Approval.

INTERNAL ALTERATIONS WITHIN YOUR HOME

YES - You will need Building Regulations Approval, if the alterations are of a structural nature such as the removal or part removal of a load bearing construction. 

ERECTING A GARDEN SHED

NO - You will not need Building Regulations Approval, as long as the shed is a detached building under 15 square metres in floor area. 

CARRYING OUT REPAIRS TO YOUR HOME - including the roof repairs

YES - You will need Building Regulations Approval, if the repair consists of removing a major part of a wall and rebuilding it.

In the case of re-roofing
If the new tiling or roofing material is heavier or lighter than the existing material you will need Building Regulations Approval.

If you plan to change a flat roof to a pitch roof or vice-versa then you will need Building Regulations Approval.

If you re-felt a roof you will have to upgrade the roof insulation for which you will need Building Regulations approval. 

CONVERTING A HOUSE INTO FLATS

YES - You will need Building Regulations Approval, as this would be classified as a material change of use.

INSTALLING OR ALTERING THE POSITION OF A WC, SINK OR BATH

YES - You will need Building Regulations Approval.

Exception: If the work does not require new drainage or plumbing to be installed then it can be undertaken without Building Regulations Approval. 

INSTALLING OR ALTERING THE POSITION OF A HEATING APPLIANCE

YES - You will need Building Regulations Approval.

Exception: If the work is the installation of a gas appliance installed by or under the supervision of persons approved under the GAS SAFETY REGULATIONS then work can proceed without Building Regulations Approval. 

INSTALLING CAVITY WALL INSULATION

YES - You will need Building Regulations Approval.

This is usually done for you by the cavity wall insulation contractor. 

CHANGING WINDOWS AND DOORS

YES - You will need Building Regulations Approval.

Replacing windows - Building Control Advice - Replacement Windows

NOTE: You may also need planning permission if you live in a Conservation Area - (Noak Bridge, Little Burstead, Great Burstead, Billericay High Street) -See Planning for more information.

NOTE: If you live in a block of flats you may need to gain the landlord's consent. If you live in an privately owned flat which used to be a public sector (council) flat then you will need the Council's consent as landlord to make alterations.

NOTE: You should be aware the you often need consent for building alterations , especially change of use, from the original builders or their estate. Such conditions form part of a 'Covenant' written into the property title deeds. You should check the deeds to ensure no problems arise.

When you come to sell the property, failure to show that consent was granted for alterations under the terms of the Covenant will hold up the sale and invariably be costly to put right. 

CONVERTING A GARAGE INTO A ROOM

YES - You will need Building Regulations Approval.

Planning permission will also be required in most cases - See Planning for more information.  


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