What do I need permission for?

Depending on the nature of the building project, you’ll need one of the following: 

  • Building regulations approval
  • Planning permission
  • Both of the above

When do I need building regulations approval?

You need building regulations approvals for: 

  • New buildings
  • Changing existing buildings
  • The installation of controlled services and fittings
  • Changing the use of a building

What do building regulations cover?

Building regulations cover a number of important things, including:

  • Structure, strength and stability
  • Fire safety
  • Moisture resistance
  • Toxic substances
  • Sound insulation
  • Ventilation
  • Drainage and waste disposal
  • Heat-producing equipment
  • Stairways
  • Energy saving
  • Disabled access and facilities
  • Safety glazing

If you are unsure if you need building regulations approval and/or planning permission, visit the Planning Portal.

Apply for building regulations approval

You can apply for planning permission here or take advantage of our expert pre-application advice service.