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
  • Brexit impact
  • 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
  • more

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.

Brexit impact

This content is likely to be impacted by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. For further information on the implications of leaving the EU for planning law and practice, see: Brexit—implications for planning law and practice—overview and Practice Note: Brexit—the implications for English and Welsh planning law and practice.

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 requirements under Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (TCPA) and vice versa.

For many types of building work, separate permission under both TCPA and Building Regulations is required. For other building work, such as internal alterations, Buildings Regulations approval may be needed, but planning permission may not be.


In Wales, from 31 December 2011 remaining functions under the Building Act 1984, including powers to make Building Regulations, passed from