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Building Regulation FAQ

 

Will I need Building Regulation approval?

Yes - unless the extension comprises exempt Building work.

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

Yes.

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

Yes.

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.

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).

Do I need Building Regulation approval to construct 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.

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.

Do I need building regulation approval to construct a porch?

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

Do I need Building Regulation approval to construct a conservatory?

No - provided the floor area is less than 30 square metres, the roof is glazed with transparent or translucent material, the wall glazing is toughened or laminated and the proposal will not form an extension to an existing room.

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.

Do I need Building Regulation approval to underpin my house?

Yes - this is a structural alteration.

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

No.

Do I need building regulation approval to install an unvented water system ?

Yes.

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.

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

Yes.