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Summary of Your Rights and Duties

Building Regulations

Rights

Right to carry out building works
Right to carry out building work, provided it complies with planning and building rules.
Right to apply for and obtain approval
You have the right to apply for and obtain building regulations approval from building control services or approved inspectors. However, your application must meet the conditions set out in the relevant building legislation.
Use of self certified services of competent persons.
You are entitled to use the self certified services of a competent person for certain installation without seeking approval from the building control or approved inspectors.

Duties

Confirm if Building regulations are required before starting building works
Check to see if building approval is required. If you are employing a builder, they should check to see if building approval is required and act on your behalf to get the approval. Ultimately, the responsibility still lies with you and you must confirm that any work done will be in compliance with the building regulations.
Compliance
Ensure that your building works (if not exempted) complies with building regulation requirements.
Other appprovals
Check to see if planning permission is required and follow the notification process under the Party Wall etc Act 1996, if the work involves a party wall.

Party Wall etc. Act 1996
Rights

Right to carry out Party Wall works
You are entitled to repair and maintain party walls

Duties

Give notice to adjoining owner
Must give two months’ notice to the adjoining owner of intention to carry out works under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
Carry out works
If no dispute, proposed work must be carried out within a year, after which time the notice becomes invalid.

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