Building control - applications
Building Regulations are minimum standards of work for the construction, extension, alteration and change of use of buildings.
Do I need approval?
Generally, Building Regulations apply to most building work. However, there are some exceptions, known as exempt buildings and work.
How to apply for approval
Where work has been carried out without Building Regulations approval, an application may be submitted to have the work approved retrospectively by a Regularisation Certificate. This regularisation process can only be used for work started on or after 11 November 1985.
Approval and inspection process
All plans for building work are examined to check compliance with the Building Regulation standards, one method of complying with these standards is to follow the Building Regulations approved documents. (opens in a new window)
During construction, the building work is inspected by Building Control officers at various stages to check that it is in accordance with the approved plans and any defects or contraventions raised with the builder. Subject to satisfactory statutory inspections a Completion or Regularisation Certificate is issued at the end of the job. This certificate is an important document and should be placed with the deeds of the property.