Building regulations advice
Building regulations are national standards which apply to all types of building or alterations and cover all aspects of construction.
Building regulations consist of parts A – N and are constantly updated.
See the Planning Portal Building Regulations (opens new website) site for more information.
Examples of work where building regulation submission is required include:
- Home extensions, e.g. a kitchen, bedroom, lounge
- Loft conversions
- Internal structural alterations, such as the removal of a load-bearing wall or partition, installation of baths and showers, WCs which involve new drainage or waste plumbing
- Installation of new heating appliances, new chimneys or flues
- Underpinning of foundations
- Altered openings for new windows in roofs or walls
- Replacing roof coverings (more than 25%)
- Installation of cavity insulation
- Erection of new buildings that are not exempt
- Access improvements for disabled people
Some building work is exempt from building regulations, including conservatories, porches, covered ways and carports (open on at least 2 sides), detached single storey garages, small detached single storey buildings which are less than 30m2 and contain no sleeping accommodation and detached buildings with a floor area of no more than 15m2 which do not contain sleeping accommodation, e.g. a garden shed.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (01633) 656656 and ask for Building Control for further advice.