Building regulations approval

The building regulations service

Building regulations set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the safety and health for people in or about those buildings. They also include requirements to ensure that fuel and power is conserved and facilities are provided for people, including those with disabilities, to access and move around inside buildings.

We help you comply with the requirements of the Building Regulations 2010 by:

  • Giving advice and support
  • Checking plans
  • Inspecting sites 

The Building regulations process

It is generally a two-stage process, known as a Full Plans application.

The first stage (plan stage):

  • You submit your detailed plans for approval
  • We carefully check the plans to make sure that all necessary information is shown, and that they comply with the building regulations
  • You then have the opportunity to make amendments before either an approval, conditional approval or rejection is given

Our aims:

  • To check 85% of applications within 10 working days and 99% within 15 working days
  • To ensure that any requests for additional information are clear and unambiguous
  • To work closely with applicants and their agents

The second stage (inspection stage):

  • This stage starts when work commences on site
  • A series of site visits are made to check that the work proceeds in accordance with the plan, and complies with the regulations
  • For more simple works an alternative, called a Building Notice application, is also available together with more specialised application types to meet specific needs

Our aims:

  • To offer a same day inspection service for requests made before 10:30 am
  • To maintain accurate records of site visits
  • To provide a certificate upon satisfactory completion of the work

Planning permission or building regulations approval?

Remember, you may also need planning permission. Planning guides the way our towns, cities and countryside develop. This includes the use of land and buildings, the appearance of buildings, landscaping considerations, highway access and the impact that the development will have on the general environment.

For many types of building work, separate permission under both regimes will be required. For other building work, such as internal alterations, buildings regulations approval will probably be needed, but planning permission may not be. If you are in any doubt you should contact us.