Guidance and Advice

Planning advice and guidance

Guidance notes to all aspects of Building Control.

Before you start building work of any kind STOP. Ask yourself the question. What permission do I need for the work?
You can apply for Building Regulations approval by making either a Full Plans application or a Building Notice application.
This guidance note provides a summary of some common types of buildings that do not need Building Regulations approval. If you need any clarification please phone us before you start building work.
Occasionally building work is carried out without following the correct procedure of applying for Building Regulations approval. Where this happens, problems often arise during the conveyancing process. This information provides guidance on resolving the problem - by applying for a Regularisation Certificate
Loft Conversions that require Building Regulations approval.
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 came into force on 1st July 1997. It is intended to prevent disputes between neighbours arising about party walls and boundaries, which may otherwise end up in court. It sets down a procedure for consultation before work starts.
There is a legal requirement under the Building Regulations to provide smoke alarms in certain places of your house.
What information should be shown on drawings for Building Regulation approval?
This information is intended to provide guidance on the installation of heating appliances and heating systems within existing dwellings.
As a home owner, perhaps you should consider....
What can be done to improve security?
Thinking about having any electrical works carried out to your property?
Since 1 April 2002 building regulations have applied to all replacement glazing. The regulations apply to thermal performance and other areas such as safety, air supply, means of escape and ventilation.
The conversion of a garage, or part of a garage, into habitable space (including utility rooms and bathrooms) will normally require approval under the Building Regulations.
From 1st October 2015 there will be a new Building Regulations Approved Document called Part Q which will look at the security of new dwellings. Part Q will apply to all applications for new dwellings submitted from 1st October 2015.
A chimney is part of the structure of a dwelling and its removal should be carefully considered before any work is carried out.