Building regulations

Most building work requires approval under the building regulations. These regulations cover work ranging from the installation of a boiler to the erection of multi-million pound projects.

The main areas of control covered by the regulations are:

  • structural stability – will the building safely carry anticipated loadings
  • fire precautions – controlling the materials used according to the degree of risk and making sure that buildings could be evacuated without loss of life in the event of a fire
  • the prevention of dampness and condensation in buildings
  • sound resistance of walls and floors between dwellings
  • ventilation of habitable rooms and unheated voids
  • hygiene, sanitary appliances and drainage
  • heating appliances including the safe discharge of flue gasses
  • stairways, ramps and vehicle barriers
  • access to buildings and facilities for disabled people
  • insulation and the conservation of fuel and power
  • the safe positioning of glazing in windows and doors
  • electrical installations and alterations in dwellings

Do I need building regulations approval?

Take a look at LABC’s list of construction projects that will need building regulations approval.

Building regulations explained

Make an application

There are 3 main types of building control applications:

  • full plans application
  • building notice application
  • regularisation application

Find out more and make an application.

Approved documents

The Government publishes approved documents which provide practical guidance on ways to comply with the building regulations.

Each document provides general guidance on expected performance levels of materials and workmanship, and also practical examples and solutions to ensure compliance with common building situations.

They are not the only means of satisfying these requirements. Other ways can include using guidance published by the British Standards Institute, Building Research Establishment among others.

Get in touch

If you are unsure what application you need to apply for or would like to discuss our fees schedule, contact us on the details below.

Page updated on: 15 September 2021

Building Control Service


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