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​Do I Need Building Regulations Approval? 

Changes to Building Control due to Covid-19

Building Control will currently undertake site inspections for all external works, but due to COVID-19, for other phases of construction, including completion inspections, we will only carry out a visit if deemed necessary by the Officer. Otherwise  photographic evidence should be provided. Social distancing measures will be required and we ask that if you request a site inspection and we are willing to undertake that visit , then please remain at a safe proximity from the works we are to inspect and refrain from approaching the Building Control Officer whilst on site. 

​The Officer will make contact with you at a safe distance to offer approval or advice. For site inspections to residential dwellings, we request that windows remain open whilst the inspection is carried out. If anyone at the property or site is self- isolating, then we will not carry out a site inspection and we ask that you provide photographic evidence.

About Building Control

Building regulations dictate the design and construction of buildings as well as the provision of services, fittings and equipment. They are the minimum standards laid down by the government.

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council's Building Control service oversees the regulations set out in the Building Act 1984 and other relevant building legislation.


Before starting any building works you might need to get either planning permission or building regulations approval, or both.

Not all building projects need building regulations approval. The Planning Portal website contains comprehensive information regarding all aspects of Building Regulations (and Planning Permission).

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

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

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.

Going ahead without them could mean you having to pay to put things back to how they were or to fix issues to make them right.

Local Authority Building Control (LABC)

We are a member of Local Authority Building Control (LABC) services - part o​f a national network of Local Authority Building Control Bodies.

Various nationally based schemes are run by LABC services which greatly increases the services that individual Authorities can offer. 

​To find out more visit the LABC services website. Guides and other useful documents to help you understand the Building Regulations and Building Control process, together with general advice on Building Projects can be accessed on the LABC library web pages.


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