Do you need Building Control approval for your project?

This is general information on how the Building Regulations apply to some common types of building work. This should help you to determine whether your proposed work requires a building regulation application.

Do I need a building regulations application?

Building regulations applications are needed for most construction projects:

New Buildings

  • All new buildings except agricultural building

  • Garages that are not fully detached and under 30 square metres

Extensions

  • All extensions no matter how small
  • Some conservatories and porches  (many are exempt but these must be separated from the house by doors and can’t be heated)
  • Roof extensions, balconies and roof terraces
  • Basements and basement extensions

Conversions

  • All loft conversions, roof extensions, balconies and roof terraces
  • All garage conversions
  • Barn conversions
  • Subdividing a house into flats
  • Converting flats back into a house

Alterations

  • Creating a ‘granny annex’
  • Creating a new or ensuite bathroom or cloakroom
  • Installing a new kitchen
  • Taking out a loadbearing wall – you need to ask a structural engineer to confirm that your wall isn’t supporting the walls, floors or roof above it
  • Taking out a non-loadbearing wall if it separates a room from your hall, staircase or landing 
  • New installation or replacement of a heating system or any boiler, regardless of fuel type
  • New installation or replacement of an oil tank
  • Installation of a new bathroom if existing plumbing is altered or if new plumbing is installed
  • Installation of fixed air conditioning systems
  • Installation of additional radiators to some existing heating systems
  • Replacement fuse boxes, any new electrical installation connected to the fuse box and alterations to electrical installations in bathrooms around the bath or shower replacement window and door units
  • Installing roof lights
  • Making windows or doors wider or taller
  • Replacement of roof coverings on pitched and flat roofs even if this is just like for like
  • Replacing your floor

Some work can be carried out without informing Building Control if you're using a registered installer from a competent persons scheme, including the following:

  • Most repairs, replacements and maintenance work (except replacements of combustion appliances, oil tanks, electrical fuse boxes or glazing units which do need to be notified)
  • Additional power points or lighting points or any other alterations to existing circuits (except around baths and showers)
  • Like for like replacements of baths, toilets, windows, basins or sinks.