Obtaining building regulations approval
Obtaining building regulations approval

The following Property guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Obtaining building regulations approval
  • Difference between Building Regulations and planning permission
  • Wales
  • When is Building Regulations approval required?
  • Exemptions to the need for Building Regulations approval
  • Who issues Building Regulations approval?
  • How to apply for Building Regulations approval
  • Building Regulations completion certificate
  • Failure to comply with the Building Regulations
  • Warranty schemes
  • more

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects potentially impacted by the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak (see: Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on Building Regulations). For further updates on key developments and related practical guidance on the implications for lawyers, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Planning and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit.

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—the implications for English and Welsh planning law and practice or visit the Planning area of the Brexit toolkit.

The Building Regulations 2010, SI 2010/2214 (the Building Regulations) are made under Building Act 1984. They impose a set of minimum standards on people carrying out certain specified works in or about buildings. Their purpose is to ensure the health and safety of people in and around all types of buildings (ie domestic, commercial and industrial). They also provide for energy conservation and access to and use of buildings.

Difference between Building Regulations and planning permission

Compliance with the Building Regulations is a separate matter from obtaining planning permission. Taking action to comply with Building Regulations does not satisfy the