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What are Planning and Building Regulations?








We are going to explain the two main statutory approvals that are required in a building project. No matter what type of project you are about to proceed with, you will probably require both of these.


Planning Approval


If you plan to do some form of construction work, it is likely that you will need planning approval. There are times when you will not, for example for the installation of a Velux window (unless in a conservation area) or for works that come under PD (permitted development).


The Planning Authority is a government body tasked with enforcing development policy. In essence they are here to protect the rights of both the local community and you, the client. They are not particularly concerned with how a proposal will stand up, but how it will look, its aesthetic qualities. They are concerned with how the proposed scheme will impact on its neighbour’s enjoyment of their property and surroundings. It is a legal obligation to achieve approval if required.


Building Regualtions


The second approval that will be required for your project is Building Regulations approval. For this approval, there is little concern as to how the project will look, but how the project will be built. This can be achieved in one of three ways.


1. Most common is the "Plan Submission" method. In this method, your Architect will draw up a set of plans which are submitted to the local authority for approval.


2. For smaller projects a "Builders Notice" may be suitable. There are no drawings produced for this and the responsibility lies with the builder to achieve approval. We never recommend this except for in the very simplest of projects.


3. For larger projects an "Approved Inspector" is an option. This is a registered inspector who works on site as part of the design team approving the job as it proceeds.



In order to avoid prosecution, if work has been mistakenly carried out, you can go through a Regularisation process, and try to achieve approval. However it is very high risk and should never be considered unless there is no other option. There are other lesser common statutory approvals that may be required also such as Conservation Area Consent or Listed Building Consent. Your Architect will be able to tell you if you require these.


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