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Is Building Regulations Approval Required

Labc LogoThis page contains examples of works requiring permission or are exempt from the Building Regulations. It also contains frequently asked questions relating to the need to seek Building Regulations approval for certain types of work to buildings. A link can also be found to the Planning Sections pages and the Planning Portals virtual house.

Building Regulations approval

It is not always easy to determine whether Building Regulations approval may or may not be required, for works that you are considering carrying out to your property. Below are some common examples of work and also to assist you further there are a number of frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page that relate to the most common types of work carried out to properties.

Work that will require Building Regulations approval

Please see below a list of of examples of work that will require Building Regulations approval:

  1. underpinning;
  2. flat, loft and garage conversions;
  3. internal alterations;
  4. room(s) in a roof space;
  5. replacement of windows and doors;
  6. change of use of an existing dwelling or structure;
  7. erection of a new dwelling or structure; and
  8. extensions to a house or commercial premises.

For these and many other types of works, you will need to make a Building Regulations application, you can find more information on the how to make a Building Regulations Application page.

Work that may not require Building Regulations approval

Examples of work that may not require Building Regulations approval if the works is carried out by a contractor registered on a recognized competent person scheme:

  1. replacement of a roof covering;
  2. injection of cavity wall insulation;
  3. installation of an air conditioning or ventilation system;
  4. installation of a boiler or other heat producing appliance;
  5. a new circuit or alterations to a domestic electrical system; or
  6. installation of a micro generation system (for example, a wind turbine or solar panels).

Work that may not require Building Regulations approval

Please see below a list of work that may not require Building Regulations approval:

  1. porches;
  2. carports;
  3. garden walls;
  4. conservatories; or
  5. detached garages.

More information on works not requiring Building Regulations approval can be found on the exempt buildings and works page or in the following leaflet;

Exempt Domestic Buildings Leaflet (PDF Document, 77.25 Kb)

Simple visual guide for house holders

Alternatively you may wish to view a simple visual guide for house holders provided by the Planning Portal, which outlines common household projects. The guide will take around 30 seconds to load on a broadband connection. It will open in a new window that you may need to re-size.

The Planning Portal's Simple Visual Guide for house holders [external link]. This web site requires the free Adobe Flash Player. Download the free plug-in from Adobe [external link].

If you remain uncertain about whether or not work that you are proposing to carry out requires Building Regulations approval, please contact a member of Building Control.

A guide to extending your home can also be viewed here.

Planning permission

The information contained within the Building Control web pages relates only to Building Regulations. Irrespective of whether your proposal requires Building Regulations approval or not, it may still require planning permission. You are therefore advised to contact a member of the Planning staff to discuss the need for planning permission. Alternatively, please refer to the Planning Section web pages.

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