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Building regulations

Date: 30 January 2004

In my last column I explained that planning permission is not always required for certain building work such as single-storey extensions, the addition of a conservatory, and a garage or loft conversion for example. This type of work is mostly considered to be permitted development providing certain limits and conditions are met, although you should always check what permissions are needed in relation to any work that you have planned.

It is important to note that even permitted development, not requiring planning consent, may well require Building Regulations Approval. Building Regulation requirements are entirely separate from Planning requirements, and again the need for such approval should always be checked with your local authority’s Building Control department before works commence.

Building Regulations contain the rules for building work in new and altered buildings to ensure they are safe and accessible. Contractors carrying out building work on your property must usually arrange for their work to be checked by an independent third party to ensure it meets the required standards. In some cases the contractor or installer can self-certify.