If you're a homeowner and planning an extension or conversion, you may need a building regulations inspection as well as planning permission. Whereas planning permission is about how a building looks, building regulations make sure your home is structurally safe.
Getting building work approved by your local council’s building control team helps ensure that the work is safe and up to building regulations standards as well as protecting you against rogue builders. So seek their advice before starting any building project.
Getting started on your building project
These resources will help get your new project off the ground:
- What are the building regulations? (Video) - A background into what they consist of and when you'll need them.
- Do I need a building regulations application to get me started? - a list of projects that you will need an application for.
- The difference between planning permission and building regulations (Video) - confused? Let us explain.
- How to make a building regulations application (Video) - Does your build require an application? Read our guide on what to apply for and how.
- Make an online building control application - Submit directly to your local authority and track progress.
- Self build - information on your building your dream home.
- How to avoid cowboy builders - LABC advice on choosing the right builder and keeping your project on the straight and narrow.
See also: Building control FAQS for homeowners
Loft conversions, garage conversions and conservatories
- Building an extension, garage conversion or conservatory (Videos) - find out how to assess whether you need building regulations approval for your build.
- Building a loft conversion (Video) - help with assessing whether your loft can be converted and help with what plans should cover.
Internal alterations, repairs and electrical work
- Internal alterations and repairs (Video) - find out when your alterations or repairs will need building regulations inspections.
- Electrical work - it is your responsibility to ensure electrical work in your home is either completed by a competent person scheme-registered electrician or checked by one.
Building control performance
The building control function in England and Wales works with property owners, developers, architects, contractors and trades people to ensure building work meets the standards set in the Building Regulations.
However, because a competitive dual system of building control exists in England and Wales (public and private sectors), successive Government Ministers in England and Wales have maintained an advisory group to measure performance.