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Building Regulations Guide


What Are Building Regulations?

Building Regulations are the standards set in place by governing bodies to ensure the quality of building work is up to scratch both before and after it is created. They make sure that the welfare and wellbeing of people who will be inside and in the vicinity of the building is protected, and that the building will correspond with any legislation regarding accessibility, facilities and power where required.

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The Building Regulation Process

  1. A comprehensive set of plans and building regulations drawings are submitted to building control (local authority or private inspector).
  2. If amendments are required, the local authority or private inspector will inform the applicant (or agent) of any changes needed.
  3.  Throughout the build process, a building Inspector will visit the site to regulate the build at the following stages – Foundation, Drains and DPC (Damp Proof Course).

What is Building Notice?

This is generally only used when you are carrying out extremely simple building works, such as installing a new fire door between a garage and house or removing a small internal wall. A Building Notice is a single stage method of application where you fill out an application form, pay one single fee and then Building Control come out and inspect as required.

You can find more information on the Planning Portal Website.

Do I need Building Regualtions?

Generally, if you are planning to carry out building work on your home or property, it will need building regulations approval.

The following types of projects will need building regulations approval:

  • The erection or extension of a building.
  • An alteration involving work which will temporarily or permanently affect the ongoing compliance of the building, service or fitting with the requirements relating to structure, fire, or access to and use of buildings.
  • Installing replacement windows using a builder or window company which is not FENSA registered.
  • The installation or extension of a service or fitting which is controlled under the regulations.
  • The insertion of insulation into a cavity wall.
  • The underpinning of the foundations of a building.
  • When you want to change the building’s fundamental use.
  • Renovation of a thermal element.
  • Change of a building’s energy status.

If you are unsure if you require Building Regs Approval then contact us today and we will be able to give you more information. Or check out our  Services page for more information.

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