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Do I need building regulations for my extension? (Video transcript)

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In this clip we’re going to look at whether you need building regulations approval for extensions. These are not the same as conservatories, and conservatories are covered in this Conservatories Basics video

We’ve all watched programmes about extension horror stories and the one thing that they invariably have in common is that the owner of the building chose not to work with building control.

In fact, you don’t have a choice about this.

It’s a statutory requirement and you’re legally obliged to. This is to protect you, your family and anyone who might be affected by your extension and it can also protect your wallet.

There’s no such thing as permitted development for building control. There are some exemptions for porches and conservatories under 30 square metres but there are lots of caveats which our other film covers.

Almost all extensions, no matter how small, need building control approval. If you have a solid roof or your conservatory is open to the rest of the house it’s actually an extension.

There are also controls on the heating and electrics so basically you can’t have fixed heating in a conservatory or porch as it isn’t supposed to be habitable all year round.

View our video on the subject of the basics of conservatories.