Building Regulations apply to most new buildings and certain alterations. They may also apply when the use of a building is changed. Charges are made for checking plans and for site inspections and vary according to the work involved. In general, most building work needs formal approval. The type of work covered includes:
In addition to needing Building Regulations, most building work (including alterations and changes of use) will require planning permission.
There are certain buildings and work that are exempt from control. These include:
If you are in any doubt please contact us with details of your query or exemption claim so we can send a written reply agreeing the exemption. This will help any future sale of the property. You can also download the leaflet Exemptions from Building Regulation Consent (PDF 44kb). To learn more about the need for Building Regulations further information and advice can be found on the Planning Portal website using the interactive tool (external link) and by accessing common projects (external link).
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