The purpose of the Building Regulations is to ensure that building work is to a standard that:
- safeguards the health and safety of people in and around buildings
- promotes the conservation of energy
- makes reasonable provisions for disabled people.
By law, people intending to carry out building work are required to make an application to the Council or use the services of a private Approved Inspector to ensure the proposal complies with the Building Regulations.
At this Council the responsibility for ensuring that building work complies with the Building Regulations comes under Building Control, which has an experienced team of surveyors who are members of Local Authority Building Control (LABC).
Building work covered by the regulations:
The Building Regulations give full details of what work they cover but common examples are:
- extension of an existing building
- loft conversion and/or dormer addition
- opening in a load bearing wall
- removal of a chimney breast
- underpinning of foundations
- insertion of cavity insulation
- installation of fittings for new bath, shower, wc, sink etc
- electrical installation
- installation of a heating appliance
- replacement windows and/or doors
- changing the use of a building
- erection of a new building
- change of roof covering
- removal of a surface finish of more than 25%.
For more information, visit the Local Authority Building Control website or look at the Planning Portal.
If you are unsure whether your project requires Building Regulation approval you can contact us on 01372 732000 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about making a Building Regulation application by going to: Making an application.