Before you apply to building control

Get advice on if you need to make an application with building control for your building project.

What is the difference between planning permission and building regulations?

Planning permission is more about deciding what may have an adverse effect on neighbouring properties and the wider environment.

In contrast building regulations set standards for design and construction, with building control checking the work of builders and architects to make sure projects are built properly and that when complete they are safe and comfortable for people to live in.

Will my building project need building regulation approval?

Most building projects need to comply with the building regulations.

Examples are:

  • extensions to existing premises (regardless of size)
  • loft conversions
  • converting a garage to habitable room
  • structural alterations including removal of loadbearing walls / chimney breasts;
  • drainage / plumbing alterations including new bath/shower rooms
  • recovering pitched and flat roofs
  • replacing windows - not covered under a self-certification scheme
  • electrical works (not covered under a self-certification scheme)
  • installation / replacement of a boiler.

This list does not cover all variations so you should check whether your project requires building regulation approval.

Further information is available on the Planning Portal about cases where planning permission is not needed. Always ask for advice from your local council building control team if in doubt.

Can I discuss my proposals before making an application?

Yes. We believe early consultation is very useful for our customers and the more complex the project the more important it is.

Depending on the extent of consultation required and complexity of project we may make a charge for this service but this can result in significant cost savings and fewer delays in the long run.

Please contact us for more information.