Building work: check the approval you need
Building work needing formal approval
In general, most building work needs formal approval and the type of work covered includes the:
- Erection of a new building or re-erection of an existing building
- Extension of a building
- Material alteration of a building
- Material change of use of a building
- Installation, alteration or extension of a controlled service or fitting to a building.
Typical examples of work needing approval
- Home extensions such as for a kitchen, bedroom, lounge
- Loft conversions
- Internal structural alterations, such as the removal of a load-bearing wall or partition, installation of baths, showers, WCs which involve new drainage or waste plumbing and installation of new heating appliances other than electric
- New chimneys or flues
- Underpinning of foundations
- Alterations that affect the building's means of escape or fire precautions
- Altered openings for new windows in roofs or walls
- Replacing roof coverings unless exactly 'like for like' repair
- Installation of cavity insulation
- Erection of new buildings that are not exempt
- Access improvements for disabled people.
Exemptions to the building regulations
There are certain buildings and work that are exempt from control. This is generally because they are buildings controlled by other legislation and include:
- Buildings not frequented by people
- Greenhouses and agricultural buildings
- Temporary buildings (less than 28 days)
- Small detached buildings.
Please be aware that planning permission might be also be required. Check if it is required for your project.
- Home owner's guide: how to comply with building regulations - information and guidance provided by NFRC
- Find out whether you need to apply for building regulations - make an enquiry on the LABC website
This list is not exhaustive and we strongly suggest that you contact us to discuss your project before undertaking the work.
- Tel: 01253 887251
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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