Rules and Regulations

There are of course rules and regulations that must be adhered to when extending your home. Our advice is always to check with your local planning authority if there is any doubt.

Permitted Development

Permitted developments are changes and additions you can make to your home without applying to your local authority for planning permission.

These rights are more restricted in some areas, for example conservation areas, areas of outstanding natural beauty, national parks to name a few, and it’s important to note that local authorities can withdraw some permitted development rights. So if you live in such an area, or you’re not sure whether your project falls within the remit, our advice is to talk to your local Planning Officer.

Listed buildings are also an exception to permitted development rights.

Building Regulations

Building regulations are rules applied to all building work. There are fourteen sections each dealing with a specific area of work, for example Part A Structural Safety, Part F Ventilation, Part L Energy Efficiency or Part N Glazing.

Unless our clients have an architect on board to project manage the build, we always take control of the building regulation application and co-ordinate inspections with the Building Inspector. More detailed information can be found on your local authority website, but to summarise:

There are two types of building regulation:

A building notice is required for minor work such as relocating a bathroom, converting a loft or garage or making any structural changes. Replacing windows and doors also falls into this category, which is why it is important to choose a FENSA registered company who can do this for you as part of the installation.

The building inspector will visit the site at set intervals to inspect the work and ensure the regulations are being met.

A full plans application is required for major works, such as a large extension and detailed plans must be submitted to the local authority before work starts. Again the building inspector will visit the site at set intervals to inspect the work and ensure the regulations are being met.

Detailed information on all aspects relating to planning can be found on the Government’s Planning Portal at www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/responsibilities