When it comes to home improvement there are various rules and regulations that you need to adhere to, to ensure that you are compliant in terms of the law. Renovating a home or building a brand-new house requires certain guidelines and requirements to be met, making it essential to familiarise yourself with the home improvement rules and regulations in the UK.
Building regulations refer to the specific rules and standards set out for any construction or alterations to a building in the UK. Specifically, the Building Regulations 2010 cover the construction and extensions of buildings; it’s important to realise that building regulations are different from planning permission and you may need both for your construction project.
To obtain building regulations approval you can apply to any local authority building control department, or to your Approved Inspector.
How to Get Approval
Most building work and renovations to a home require building regulation approval. The person carrying out the work is responsible for obtaining approval for the building work. It’s your choice where you want to get approval, either from the local authority or inspector.
In order to obtain on-site approval, you need to give the local authority notice when your building work reaches a specific stage. When these stages are reached, work should be paused until inspections have been done and approval given. If you do not comply, you’ll be advised and you can make the necessary changes.
When you choose to use a local authority building control service, there are three different types of applications you can make. These applications require a charge to be paid and this may vary between authorities.
Home Improvement Projects
If you want to do a few home improvements, whether it’s adding an outbuilding, replacing a window, or building an entire new home, you need to first determine which type of renovation or improvement you will be doing, so that you know what regulations to follow.
You will need planning permission if you want to build a detached house, a semi-detached house, a terraced house, a shop or a flat. There are also other improvements that you may want to make to your home, including single storey extensions, loft conversions, outbuildings, porches, conservatories, and more.
Before starting a project, keep in mind that the owner of the property is responsible for the relevant building regulations and planning rules. Building regulations refer to the specific building work and how it should be done, while planning permission is more like asking permission to do a specific piece of building work.
In addition to planning permission, you may need to obtain additional permissions for the specific development you are planning. This may include licensed premises, ancient monuments, coal authority permissions, badger licenses and common land.
No matter how big or small your home improvement project, it’s important to determine whether or not you’ll need planning permission and building regulations approval. You should find the specific council you fall under so that you can apply for building approval as soon as possible to begin your specific building project.
Starting a home renovation project is not always easy, but if you work with the right professionals and obtain the correct permissions you’ll have a project that runs smoothly while adding value and convenience to your home.