General points are given here but for more information, try the GOV.UK building regulations information.
In general, most building work requires building regulation approval. This includes the:
Typical examples of work needing approval include:
There are certain buildings and works that are exempt from control. This is generally because they are buildings controlled by other legislation or are not normally occupied. These include:
We prefer to work with you to meet minimum acceptable building standards, rather than take action for a breach of the regulations.
However, contravention of the building regulations is a criminal offence and action may be taken under section 35 of the Building Act 1984. If convicted, you could be fined up to £5,000 for each offence and may also have to pay a daily fine if the default continues after conviction.
Section 36 of the Building Act also allows a notice to be served which would require you to pull down or remove any work contravening the regulations or to bring the work into compliance with the regulations.
We are here to help you. Should you have a problem in complying with building standards, please contact us as soon as possible and we will endeavour to help you 'engineer' an appropriate solution.
If you are in any doubt please contact us with details of your particular proposal.
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This page was last updated on 6 April 2016