Do I need building regulations approval?

Building work needing formal approval

In general, most building work needs formal approval, including:

  • Erection of a new building or re-erection of an existing building
  • Extension of a building
  • Material alteration of a building
  • Material change of use of a building
  • Installation, alteration or extension of a controlled service or fitting to a building. 

Examples of work needing approval

Work needing approval includes:

  • Home extensions such as for a kitchen, bedroom, lounge
  • Loft conversions
  • Internal structural alterations, such as the removal of a load-bearing wall or partition, installation of baths, showers, WCs which involve New drainage or waste plumbing, installation of new heating appliances other than electric
  • New chimneys or flues
  • Underpinning of foundations
  • Alterations that affect the building's means of escape or fire precautions
  • Altered openings for new windows in roofs or walls
  • Replacing roof coverings unless exactly 'like for like' repair
  • Installation of cavity insulation
  • Erection of new buildings that are not exempt
  • Access improvements for disabled people.

Exemptions to building regulations

There are certain buildings and work that are exempt from control. This is generally because they are buildings controlled by other legislation and include:

  • Buildings not frequented by people
  • Greenhouses and agricultural buildings
  • Temporary buildings (less than 28 days)
  • Small detached buildings.

A more extensive list is available on the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) website but if you are in doubt please contact us with details of your particular question or exemption claim so that you obtain a written reply agreeing the exemption. This will help any future sale of the property.

Last updated: 28 September 2017