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A client is buying an industrial unit which is unheated. The building was entirely re-roofed in 2016, but no building regulations consent was obtained by the seller. Given the lack of heating in the building, would the work require consent under the building regulations?

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Produced in partnership with Alastair Frew of Lodders Solicitors
Published on LexisPSL on 11/12/2018

The following Planning Q&A Produced in partnership with Alastair Frew of Lodders Solicitors provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • A client is buying an industrial unit which is unheated. The building was entirely re-roofed in 2016, but no building regulations consent was obtained by the seller. Given the lack of heating in the building, would the work require consent under the building regulations?

The Government’s Planning Portal explains that building regulations consent is required for all structural works, although there is an exemption if the works are simply repairs to a roof involving less than 25% of the area of a pitched or flat roof. If the new roof is structurally different from the previous one, then building regulations consent is required, as it may affect the structural integrity of the rest of the building or change the way that the building responds in the event of a fire.

Practice Note: Energy efficiency—Part L of the Building Regulations discusses the new regulations regarding energy efficiency. Put simply, most building works are subject to building regulations such that all new works are to

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