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FAQ Answer
Do I need approval for electrical work?

In most cases yes, when the work is carried out to a dwelling including outbuildings and garden. For further information refer to the guidance page or contact us directly.

Do I need approval to build an extension?

Yes, unless the extension is exempt, e.g. porch or conservatory. For more information please visit the planning portal website or contact us directly.

Do I need approval to convert my garage into a room I can live in?

Yes, even if it is used as an occasional room such as a hobbies room

Do I need approval to make alterations?

Yes, you will need approval to make internal alterations to your home either

  • if the alterations are of a structural nature e.g. the removal or part removal of a load bearing wall, or removal of part or the whole of a chimney,
  • or if they affect fire safety e.g. changed layouts, etc.

Generally, if the alteration involves the insertion of a beam or lintel or will affect the stability of the building then the alteration is a structural one.

If you are unsure if the alteration will require approval then seek the advice of an expert or contact us.

Do I need Building Regulations approval to construct a boundary wall?

No, not at present but be aware of the civil requirements of the Party Wall Act. For details please download the Party Wall Act 1996 Explanatory Booklet.