Building Regulations Guide

Take a look at our building regulations guide for an insight into the building regulations process

What are building regulations?

Building regulations are a set of standards that have been put into place in order to ensure the quality and safety of any building. They also factor in the use of energy within the building and that any necessary accessibility implementations are present too. The regulations fall to the building owner’s responsibility, so if you intend to carry out a project, always check as to whether you need them or not.

What is a 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.

Buildings Regulations Drawings and Submission

The building regulation process

1. A comprehensive set of plans and building regulations drawings are submitted to building control (local authority or private inspector). They will assess and check to make sure that all the necessary building regulations information is shown on the plans. They will also make sure that it fully complies with the Building Regulations.

2. If amendments are required, the local authority or private inspector will inform the applicant (or agent) of any changes needed. Once resubmitted and approval has been received, work can begin on site.

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).

Design considerations

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
  • Installing replacement windows using a builder or window company which is not FENSA registered
  • 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
  • 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.

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