Guide to building regulations

Approval for building works

If you are planning to construct a new building, or extend or alter an existing building, you may well need building control approval.

Our building control team is legally responsible for checking that building works follow building regulations. Building regulations cover health and safety, accessibility and energy conservation, among other things.

Before you make an application for works, make sure you need to apply and familiarise yourself with the regulations.

Download Building Control forms and guidance

Works done without approval

If work has been carried out without proper approval, you should apply for regularisation.

Planning permission

Building regulation approval is entirely separate from the process of obtaining planning permission, which may be required for work whether the scheme is controllable or exempt under the building regulations.