Difference between Planning Permission and Building Regulations.

It is generally realised that a form of permission is required for building work or alterations of properties. However, it may not always be clear how the Planning and Building Regulations approval regimes differ.

Planning deals with the appearance of the proposal and the effect it will have on neighbouring properties and the general environment. For many types of building work, separate permission under both planning and building regulations (separate processes) will be required. For other building work, such as internal alterations, Buildings Regulations approval will probably be needed, but Planning permission may not be.

Building Regulations deal with the structural details of building works to ensure the health and safety of people in and around the building, conserving energy and providing access and facilities for disabled people.

Do I need Planning Permission?

See the section on the left which explains more about Planning Permission

What are Building Regulations?

Find a guide to the Building regulations on the left

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