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Can I get a Building Regs form online?

Yes, please select the following link: Building Regulation Application Form. If you cannot find the form you are looking for, please contact us.

How can I get access to the Building Regulations documents?

The documents can be accessed from the Planning Portal website. Click here to access all the Approved Documents

Do I need approval for electrical work?

In most cases yes, when the work is carried out to a dwelling including outbuildings and garden. For further information refer to the guidance page or contact us directly.

Do I need Building Regulations approval to install fittings and appliances or carry out drainage work?

Gas boilers must be installed by a person/contractor registered with the Gas Safe self certification scheme. Self certification schemes also exist for solid fuel and oil fired installations or alternatively, a Building Regulations application can be submitted for these works.   All drainage work (above and below ground) in connection with a building including the installation of a sink, bath, shower, toilet etc, requires an application.

Do I need Building Regulations approval to construct a boundary wall?

No, not at present but be aware of the civil requirements of the Party Wall Act. For details please download the Party Wall Act 1996 Explanatory Booklet.

Do I need Building Regulations approval to underpin my house?

Yes, this is a structural alteration.

Do I need Building Regulations approval to convert my house into flats?

Yes, this is a change of use.

Do I need Building Regulations approval to construct a small, detached building on my land?

No, provided it contains no sleeping accommodation, is less than 30 square metres internal floor area, it is single storey and is either more than one metre from the boundary or is constructed of non-combustible materials. A detached greenhouse or shed usually falls within this class of building. However, any fixed electrical installations must meet the requirements of Part P of the Building Regulations.

Do I need Building Regulations approval to construct a conservatory?

No, provided the internal floor area is less than 30 square metres, it is separated from the house by an external door and the roof and walls are substantially glazed. Any glass within critical locations should be safety glass.

Do I need Building Regulations approval to construct a porch?

No, provided the internal floor area is less than 30 square metres, it is separated from the house by an external quality door, and any glazing in critical locations is safety glass.

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