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Building Regulations Guide

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

What is building regulations?

Building Regulations encompass a set of essential standards governing the design and construction of buildings. Their purpose is to prioritise the safety, health, and well-being of individuals who utilise and interact with these structures. These regulations also incorporate provisions to conserve energy and fuel consumption and to provide accessibility for individuals with disabilities. It is crucial to determine whether building regulations approval is required prior to commencing any construction project. As the owner of a building, you bear the responsibility for ensuring compliance with these regulations.

What is a building notice?

A building notice is a simplified application for building regulations approval. It allows work to begin quickly, without requiring detailed plans. However, inspections during construction are necessary to ensure compliance with regulations.

You can find more information on the Planning Portal Website.

The building regulation process

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.

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.

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

In the UK, building regulations approval is generally required for any planned building work on a home or property.

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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