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Check if you need building regulations approval

Most building work will require building regulations approval. This is different to planning permission, and you must apply for it separately. Your building work must be structurally safe, provide proper access and facilities, and meet certain energy efficiency standards.

Building work that requires approval

Most alterations, extensions and new building work needs to comply with building regulations. The building regulations apply to many different projects from large to small. This commonly includes but is not limited to:

  • extensions
  • garage conversions
  • loft conversions
  • structural alterations, knocking down walls etc
  • re-roofing

To find out whether your building work requires building regulations approval, visit the Planning Portal website.

You can also find a full explanation of work that you need to get approval for in the Building Regulations 2010 legislation.

Building work exempt from building regulations

Certain types of building works may not require an application. This commonly includes but is not limited to:

  • conservatories
  • small detached outbuildings
  • work carried out by someone who’s registered with a competent person scheme

Please note that the above exemptions must meet specific criteria to be considered exempt. You can view a full list of exemptions on the Planning Portal.

You can contact us if you are not sure if you need building regulations approval. Our team will guide you throughout your project.