About building regulations
Building regulation approval is different to planning permission.
- Planning permission focuses on the appearance of the development within the local area. It looks to control inappropriate developments.
- Building regulations focuses on the safety of people in and around the building. The main aim is to ensure the safe construction and use of the building.
We will check that the building work meets the standards set by the regulations. We will provide advice for any work not meeting these standards. If the non-compliant work is not resolved, enforcement may result in court action.
If building work has been carried out without building regulations approval you may have problems when you come to sell the building. It may be difficult for future owners to insure or mortgage the property.
It is the responsibility of whoever commissions the building work to make sure it meets with building regulations. For example
- if a homeowner wants to build an extension on their house, it is their responsibility to make sure the work complies, not the builder doing the work
- if a shopkeeper who leases a shop wants to alter the shop layout, it is their responsibility to make sure the work complies, not the building owners or the builders
Visit the LABC website for more information about building regulations.
Building regulations approval is required if you are planning to build, alter or extend a building. Most building work will need an application, for example
- extensions, no matter how small
- all loft conversions
- some alterations to a building
- structural alterations
Some works do not require an application, for example
- some small detached buildings
- most conservatories and porches (rules apply)
- some agricultural buildings
- most repairs, replacements and maintenance work
Other works can be self-regulated if carried out by a "competent person". This means that the contractor carrying out the work is competent enough in their field to self-certify the work. To do this they must be signed up to a self-certification scheme. Visit the Planning Portal for more information.
The LABC has a website called Front Door which offers how-to guides for homeowners wanting to develop their home. There are tips on renovating and extending your current home, as well as a guide on creating your dream home from start to finish. There is information on planning and funding your project, and tips about employing builders.
|Angus Pinder||Principal Building Surveyorfirstname.lastname@example.org||0776 644 2927||Principal Surveyor|
|Martin Graham||Enforcement Officeremail@example.com||Enforcement Officer|
|Paul Barrett||Senior Building Surveyorfirstname.lastname@example.org||0776 644 2930||Plan Vetting Team|
|Ian Thorogood||Senior Building Surveyoremail@example.com||0779 502 1971||Site Inspection Team|
|Stephen Steward||Building Surveyorfirstname.lastname@example.org||0776 644 2926||Site Inspection Team|
|Lloyd Simpson||Building Surveyoremail@example.com||0774 051 6206||Site Inspection Team|