Building control

Building control - your responsibilities

Your legal responsibilities

You are required by law to have your work inspected to ensure that it complies with the minimum standard of the building regulations.  

How building control permission differs from planning permission

Building Regulations

Building Regulations are there to ensure that buildings are safe, accessible and energy efficient in normal use. Technical standards are set through Building Regulations by the Department for Communities and Local Government and local authorities have a duty to enforce the regulations.

Planning permission

Planning covers issues such as the size of development as it impacts on immediate neighbours and the community. Planning policy is partly the result of local policy as well as national policy, and public consultation is part of the planning process.

Building and/or planning consent?

Because these are two separate pieces of legislation they are handled by separate application processes, and some building work requires building but not planning consent. For a guide as to whether you might need building or planning consent for work that you want to do, visit the Planning Portal.

Renovating your home

Planning Portal have produced guidance for many common building work projects for the home.