The Building Regulations are minimum acceptable standards, they do not cover quality of workmanship or finishes beyond that required to ensure the safe construction of the building.
It is possible that a building which complies with the Building Regulations may not meet the finishing standards that you require and you should be mindful of this when you are entering into contractual arrangements with your builder.
There is a legal requirement on both the builder and the owner of the building to make an appropriate Building Regulations Application and to comply with the Building Regulations. Failure to do so can result in prosecution through the Magistrates’ Court.
Domestic projects that may require Building Regulations consent include:
- Garage conversions
- Loft conversions
- Cellar conversions
- Structural alterations e.g. removing load bearing walls
- Alterations to drainage, hot water or heating systems
- New or replacement windows
- Electrical work
- Replacement roof coverings
- Cavity wall insulation
- Some garages
- Some conservatories
If you are considering a building project and you are unsure as to whether it will require
Building Regulations consent please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to advise you.
The Building Regulations Process
If your project needs Building Regulations consent you will need to make a Building Regulations application.
Please visit the LABC website for further details of when you will need building regulation approval