Applications: What will I need Building Regulation approval for?

The Building Regulations apply not only to the construction of new domestic and commercial buildings but also to the alteration and extension of existing buildings and upon the change of use of certain properties. A Building Regulation explanatory booklet is available online or from the Building Control section.

The Planning Portal website contains comprehensive information regarding all aspects of Building Regulations (and Planning Permission).

The following link will be of assistance for work involving common domestic projects.

The Interactive house also provides a useful tool to determine whether permission is necessary.

You may wish to Contact the Building Control section for details relating to your own project or if you think your proposal may comprise exempt Building work.


The following FAQs are given for guidance:

1. Do I need a Building Regulation approval to build an extension on my house?

Yes - unless the extension comprises exempt Building work . See also items 8 and 9 below.


2. Do I need Building Regulation approval to convert my loft into a room?

Yes.


3. Do I need Building Regulation approval to convert my garage into a habitable room?

Yes.


4. Do I need Building Regulation approval to make internal alterations within my house?

Yes - if the alterations are of a structural nature such as the removal of a load bearing construction e.g. a wall partition, joist, beam, or chimney breast; or the creation of a wider opening. You also need approval if, in altering a house, work is necessary to maintain the means of escape in case of fire.


5. Do I need Building Regulation approval to install replacement windows in my house?

Yes - unless the work is carried out by an approved person who is a member of a self certification scheme.
Approval is not required for replacing only the glass (ie the frame remains).


6. Do I need Building Regulation approval toconstruct a detached garage ?

No - provided its floor area is less than 30 square metres in total and it is either situated more than one metre from the boundary or is built substantially of non-combustible materials.


7. Do I need Building Regulation approval to construct a carport ?

No -provided its floor area is less than 30 square metres and it is open on at least two sides.


8. Do I need Building Regulation approval to construct a porch ?

No, provided its floor area is less than 30 square metres any glazing is toughened or laminated and it is unheated.

Note: For the purposes of Building Regulations within Redcar and Cleveland, a porch is defined as a covered shelter (not to be used as a habitable room) to the entrance of a building; neither of the same size nor with the same proportions of glazing as a conservatory.

9. Do I need Building Regulation approval to construct a conservatory ?

No - provided the floor area is less than 30 square metres, any glazing is toughened or laminated, the proposal is unheated and will not form an extension to an existing room.
Note for the purposes of Building Regulations within Redcar and Cleveland:
1. A conservatory is defined as an extension (not to be used as a habitable room) having at least 50% of its external wall area and at least 75% of its roof area formed from translucent materials.
2. A garden room (or orangery) comprises an extension of similar dimensions to a conservatory, without the large percentage of glazing and intended to be a habitable room. Such an extension is subject to the Building Regulations
Please Contact the Building Control section for details.

10. Do I need Building Regulation Approval to construct certain detached buildings on my land?

No, provided they contain no sleeping accommodation and are:
i) not more than 15 square metres in floor area, or
ii) not more than 30 square metres in floor area and situated at least 1 metre from the site boundary or constructed substantially from non-combustible materials.


11. Do I need Building Regulation approval to underpin my house?

Yes - this is a structural alteration.


12. Do I need Building Regulation approval to construct a boundary wall ?

No.


13. Do I need Building Regulation approval to install an unvented water system ?

Yes.


14. Do I need Building Regulation approval to install or alter the position of a w.c, bath, etc.?

Yes - where the work involves new drainage or requires alterations/connections to the existing above or below ground drainage system.


15. Do I need Building Regulation approval to turn my house into flats?

Yes.


16. Do I need Building Regulation approval to carry out repairsto my house?

No - if the repairs are of a minor nature and you are replacing like for like. Otherwise yes. Please Contact the Building Control section for details.

17. Do I need Building Regulation approval to undertake electrical work on my house?

Yes depending on the nature of the work. It is usual to employ the services of a qualified 'Part P' registered competent person to undertake this work.

18. Do I need Building Regulation approval to install Solar Panels ?

Yes - although It is usual to employ the services of a qualified, registered, competent person capable of certifying all of the electrical, structural and weather proofing elements of the installation.

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Last updated:
24/11/2014

Assigned review date:
12/12/2015

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