Building Regulations are national standards for England and Wales which apply to most types of buildings, whether in the home or a commercial development. They ensure that the environment in which we all live is a safe and healthy place. They don’t control everything but concentrate on health and safety, energy conservation and the needs of all people, including those with disabilities, in accessing and moving around buildings.
Meeting the requirements of the building regulations is the responsibility of the person carrying out the building work and, if they are not the same person, the owner of the building.
In this section
Do I need building regulations permission?
Most building work will require permission. Find out what work is regulated
How to apply for building regulation approval
Details of how to apply including download forms and how to submit your plans online
Find out about building permits, licenses and notices
Permits and licenses are issued for scaffolds, skips, hoardings and highways projections.
Inspections & enforcement
Once work begins on site we need to carry out site inspection
Competent persons schemes
Individuals and enterprises that are able to self certify their work
Partner authority schemes
Information on how to join our partner authority scheme
Development and Public Protection
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