Do I need Building Control

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A full breakdown of The Building Regulations 2010 can be found at the bottom of this page, please refer to the relevant authorities.

What's the difference between Building Regulations and planning permission?

Planning Permission decisions are focused on whether development should go ahead or not, they take into account the appearance of buildings and the impact development will have on the wider local environment. Building Regulations, on the other hand, relate to how a building should be constructed and its safety.

What is Building Control?

UK Building Control, work to make sure all buildings are designed and constructed in line with Building Regulations set out nationally. All local councils have a Building Control department, where Building Control inspectors are usually based.

How do I get Building Regulations approval?

If you're undertaking any building or alteration work within your home, you will need to check whether it needs to be signed off as being compliant with all local Building Regulations.

Some projects that need to comply with Building Regulations must be signed off by Building Control inspectors, including the following:

If you use a local authority Building Control office, there are three types of application:

Full Plans

Full plans are where drawings and other related information are submitted and a formal decision is given.

Building Notice

Building notice where minimal information is submitted and no formal decision is given so the work is inspected while in progress and approved upon completion.


Regularisation is where retrospective approval is sought for work carried out without Building Regulations approval. Once work is underway, the Building Control Service will need to make routine site inspections at various stages of the work. If suitable notice isn't given, Building Control inspectors may ask for work to be opened up for inspection. If you use an Approved Inspector from the private sector, you should jointly notify your local authority that an Approved Inspector is carrying out the building control function.

Sign-off by a Competent Person

There is also a group of projects that need to comply with Building Regulations, these can be self-certified and signed off by the installer themselves if that tradesman is registered with a relevant Competent Person Scheme and passed the required level of competence. Competent Person Schemes were introduced by the government to allow individuals and businesses to self-certify their work with the Building Regulations.

What sort of projects don't need Building Regulations approval at all?

You don't need Building Regulations approval for certain exempt projects including:

What happens if I don't comply with Building Regulations?

If your local authority considers that the building work doesn't comply with Building Regulations, they will not issue a completion certificate, so unless work is rectified, any contraventions will appear in the local land searches for when you sell your property. You may also be subject to enforcement notices and fines.


After the planning permission is approved, or any work carried out under Permitted Development, Smiley building and construction Ltd will deal and act on your behalf with the local authorities or private building control company . We will ensure that your project complies with all building regulations and passes all inspections so that you can receive a Completion Certificate without any problems.

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Building Control - an explanation

Building Regulations are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to buildings in the UK. Any project you undertake must adhere to them.

The following information, taken from the My Builder website

What are Building Regulations?

Building Regulations are designed to ensure buildings are safe, structurally sound, and water and energy efficient. They must also be constructed in a way that allows access for people with disabilities.

They are grouped into 15 technical categories, from A to Q, known as 'approved documents'. These are:
Part A: Structural safety
Part B: Fire safety
Part C: Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture
Part D: Toxic substances
Part E: Resistance to sound
Part F: Ventilation
Part G: Sanitation, hot water and water efficiency
Part H: Drainage and waste disposal
Part I: Heating and appliances
Part J: Protection from falling, collision and impact
Part K: Conservation of fuel and power
Part L: Access to and use of buildings
Part M: Glazing safety
Part N: Electrical safety
Part O: Security