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Do you need Building Regulations approval?

Some building projects are exempt from Building Regulations approval but most types of building work require a Building Regulations Application to be submitted and approved.

Local Authority Building Control Logo The purpose of  statutory Building Regulations is to ensure the environment in which we all live is a safe and healthy place and that buildings are sustainable, energy efficient and provide easy access for young, old, sick or disabled people. The purpose of Local Authority Building Control is to enable businesses, home owners, designers and builders to comply with the statutory Building Regulations.

Most types of building work require a Building Regulations Application to be submitted and approved. There are certain exemptions however, it is always advisable to check with Building Control before commencing any building work.

If your planned building work DOES require Building Regulations approval

If your planned building work requires approval you must submit a Building Regulations application, choose from either

Whether or not your building project requires Building Regulations approval

Whether or not your building project requires Building Regulations approval you may still need one or more of the following:

You may also need...

  • Landlords Consent
  • Party Wall   Agreement
  • Water & Sewage Companies Agreement.

Examples - Do you or 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.

It is 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 Advice - Electrical Regulations

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 to 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 installation

YES - You will need Building Regulations Approval.

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

Changing windows or 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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