Do I need to apply for Building Regulations?

Stockton Council Building Regulation applications

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Building Regulation approval is required for many aspects of building work, proposed to many buildings e.g. houses, shops, offices, factories, schools, hospitals and warehouses.

The Regulations may also apply to minor work, such as replacing windows and doors, removing internal load bearing walls, installing an additional toilet or converting the roof space to a room, as well as erecting a new building and extending property. Building Regulation approval can also also be required when a property changes use, e.g. from a house into flats

If you are thinking of carrying out any building work, please check with the Council to establish if the work is subject to control under the Building Regulations.

The main purpose of the Building Regulations are to:

  • Promote conservation of energy
  • Secure the health and safety of people in and around buildings
  • Provide access to buildings and facilities, for people of all abilities

These standards are set out in the Approved Documents.


Is Building Regulation approval the same as Planning permission?

No, Building Regulation approval is entirely seperate from the process of obtaining Planning permission. Building Regulation approval may be required for work regardless of whether or not it is controlled under the Planning Legislation and vice versa. Therefore to avoid any undue delay, you should establish if permission is required as early as possible.

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