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Do I need building regs approval?

Permission is often needed for building work or alterations to properties, but it is not always clear how the Planning and Building Regulations rules differ. They are two separate processes, planning permission being the first. You can visit the Planning portal and explore the interactive house for guidance on many common householder projects.

If you are considering a self build or custom build project are you aware you can register your interest for land with the local authority in which you wish to build?  LABC Warranty explains how to register and has produced some useful tips about buying land for self-build.

Building Regulations 

These set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the health and safety of people in or about those buildings. They also include requirements to ensure that fuel and power is conserved and facilities are provided for people, including those with disabilities, to access and move around inside buildings.


Common types of work which need a Building Regulations application

  • New dwelling
  • Home extensions
  • Alterations to load bearing elements such as chimney breasts and walls
  • Loft and garage conversions
  • Solar panels and electricity generation
  • Roof renewal
  • Creating or replacing bathrooms
  • Creating new rooms, including some conservatories
  • Fitting new boilers and fuel burning stoves
  • Adding or altering drains
  • Underpinning a building
  • Changing a building's use
  • Commercial alterations and extensions. 

If you think your building project may be exempt from Building Regulations please refer to Common projects exempt from building regulations consent or if you are unsure call Building Control on 01883 732852/766/765.


Seeks to guide the way our towns, cities and countryside develop.  This includes the use of land and buildings, the appearance of buildings, landscaping considerations, highway access and the impact that the development will have on the general environment.

For many types of building work, separate permission under Planning and Building Regulations will be required. These are two separate processes, applying for Planning Permission being the first. To find out more about whether Planning Permission will be needed for your project or for pre-application planning advice contact Planning.