What Is Building Regulations Approval?

Obtaining building regulations approval is an important step in any construction project. It’s intended to ensure that the building will be safe for its occupants and follows all construction standards and code precisely.

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This is required for many types of construction projects. Some examples include:

  • Loft conversions
  • Garage conversions
  • Extending an existing building
  • Major modifications to the building’s structure

Not every single project will require building regulations approval. If the planned changes are minor enough that they would not potentially introduce any new hazards, it might be possible to complete the project without building regulations approval.

When in doubt, consult your local planning authority. It’s always better to stay on the safe side rather than incur significant penalties once it turns out that you should have applied for permission before starting the project.

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Is building regulations approval the same as planning permission?

Some people confuse building regulations approval with planning permission. The two are actually quite different. Planning permission is specifically concerned with how the building would interfere with surrounding structures and the quality of life of your neighbours. It has nothing to do with issues like the building’s structural integrity or safety for occupation.

Some projects might require both. This is usually the case for a new construction surrounded by existing properties. Your architect and contractor should be your first points of contact to determine what kinds of permissions you’re going to need and how to apply for them. You should start this process as early as possible, because it can take several weeks.


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