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Building Regulations Approvals

Apart from planning permission, most building works also require building approval. The vast majority of building approvals are governed by the Building Act 1984 and its Regulations. In inner London some building control remains governed by the London Building Acts and associated byelaws.

The laws ensure health and safety standards are complied with from the point of design work to construction work of the building. Sustainability and environmental objectives have recently become increasingly prevalent. There are standards for energy efficiency, energy performance certification and carbon dioxide emissions.

In England and Wales, Building Regulations approvals are required for most new buildings and for most types of works on existing buildings. In 2010 local authorities were authorised to set their own charges for carrying out building control. You can find out about the charging scheme in your area from your local authority website or by asking the building control department. To see the latest position please click here.

Please note that Building Regulations approvals are separate approvals from any planning permission that you may require on your property.

Legislation

The Building Act 1984

The Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 1998

The Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004

The Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act 2004 could affect new and altered premises. Not all sections of the Act yet have effect.

The Building Regulations 2010

Building (Approved Inspectors etc) Regulations 2010

The Building (Local Authority Charges) Regulations 2010

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