Building Regulations set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the safety and health for people in or about those buildings. They also include requirements to ensure that fuel and power is conserved and facilities are provided for people, including those with disabilities, to access and move around inside buildings.
In a nut shell, if you are planning to carry out 'Building Work' then it must comply with the Building Regulations. In summary, the following types of project amount to 'Building Work':
/ the erection or extension of a building
/ the installation or extension of a service or fitting which is controlled under the regulations
/ an alteration project involving work which will temporarily or permanently affect the ongoing compliance of the building, service or fitting with the requirements relating to structure, fire, or access to and use of buildings
/ the insertion of insulation into a cavity wallThe underpinning of the foundations of a building
/ work affecting the thermal elements, energy status or energy performance of a building.
For convenience, the most recent versions of the Approved Documents that support the fourteen technical "Parts" of the Building Regulations' are accessible from this page.
For the information on the Exemptions from Building Regulations please click here.
For the information on the Failure to comply with the Building Regulations, please click here.
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 (regardless of the need to apply for planning permission and/or building regulations approval or not).
The information on this page is taken from the Planning Portal. We have to contact your local planning authority and discuss your proposal before any work begins. They will be able to inform us of any reason why the development may not be permitted and if we need to apply for planning permission for all or part of the work.