Building Regulations

Building Regulations

Building Regulations are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to virtually every building, both domestic (residential) and commercial. They are developed by the government and approved by Parliament.

 

We will provide the Building Regulation details including a Site Plan, a Location Plan, Section Drawings and the Existing and Proposed Plans and Elevations for your project.

 

Once we have submitted the application on your behalf to Building Control a Building Inspector will examine the information and, once everything has been checked and approved to their satisfaction, issue an Approval Notice. There is a fee payable to Building Control for this service; we will be pleased to advise you of the amount.

 

Building regulations approval is different from planning permission and you might need both for your project. We will advise you about this.

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Residential Building Regulations

The majority of the residential projects we design are new build homes, extensions or remodelling or upgrading an existing property and these need to comply with current Building Regulations.

Some kinds of building projects such as a small detached garage of a usable floor space of less than 50m2 do not need to comply with the building regulations although electrical work will need to be carried out by a ‘Part P’ qualified electrician.

Commercial Building Regulations

The majority of the residential projects we design are new build homes, extensions or remodelling or upgrading an existing property and these need to comply with current Building Regulations.

Some kinds of building projects such as a small detached garage of a usable floor space of less than 50m2 do not need to comply with the building regulations although electrical work will need to be carried out by a ‘Part P’ qualified electrician.

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Building Work

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 wall
  • The underpinning of the foundations of a building
  • Work affecting the thermal elements, energy status or energy performance of a building.

There is more information about Building Regulations on the Planning Portal here.

 

We provide the Building Regulation details and plans, elevations and section drawings to Building Control for their approval; some work will subsequently require the input of, for example, a structural engineer; we are able to recommend a structural engineer if you would like us to.