Building Regulations


What are building regulations

The Building Regulations apply to building work in England & Wales and set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the safety and health for people in or about those buildings. They also include requirements to ensure that fuel and power is conserved and facilities are provided for people, including those with disabilities, to access and move around inside buildings.

Building Regulations approval is separate from planning permission for your work. Similarly, any planning permission which your work may require is not the same as taking action to ensure that it complies with the Building Regulations.

Extensions to your home

Most extensions of properties require approval under the Building Regulations. The following sections give an indication of some of the elements normally required to satisfy the requirements of the Regulations.

There are a number of classes of new buildings or extensions of existing buildings that do not need Building Regulations approval, i.e. are exempt from the Regulations. Typical examples of these are:

  • Temporary buildings

  • Small detached buildings

  • Greenhouse

  • Conservatory ( less than 30m 2 floor area)

  • Car port

It is important to bear in mind that other permissions, such as Planning approval, may also be required in respect of the work that you are considering undertaking.  At Ashby Building Consultants we can advise you of your responsibilities and duties and help you through the maze of  regulations and requirement


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