Building Regulation and Planning Permission
- November 19, 2015
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If you want to conduct building work or alternations to your property you will either need to obtain
building regulation or planning permission before you start any work. So what is the difference?
Building Regulation will be needed to approve that the constructions of buildings are compliant with
health and safety. Building Regulations cover the construction and extensions of buildings or it may
also be needed for approval of many alternation projects including: replace fuse boxes and connected
electrics, install a bathroom that involve plumbing, replacing windows and doors.
On the other hand, you will need to obtain planning permission if you want to build something new,
make a major change to your building, such as building an extension.
For many times of building work, it would be possible that separate permission under both regimes
(separate processes) will be required. However, for other building work, namely, internal alterations,
Building Regulation approval will probably be needed, but Planning permission may not be. If you
remain in any doubt as to which of these are required, you should contact your Local Planning
Authority or a Building Control