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Do I need Building Regulations approval to convert my house into flats?

Yes, this is a change of use.

Do I need Building Regulations approval to construct a small, detached building on my land?

No, provided it contains no sleeping accommodation, is less than 30 square metres internal floor area, it is single storey and is either more than one metre from the boundary or is constructed of non-combustible materials. A detached greenhouse or shed usually falls within this class of building. However, any fixed electrical installations must meet the requirements of Part P of the Building Regulations.

Do I need Building Regulations approval to construct a conservatory?

No, provided the internal floor area is less than 30 square metres, it is separated from the house by an external door and the roof and walls are substantially glazed. Any glass within critical locations should be safety glass.

Do I need Building Regulations approval to construct a porch?

No, provided the internal floor area is less than 30 square metres, it is separated from the house by an external quality door, and any glazing in critical locations is safety glass.

Do I need Building Regulations approval to construct a carport?

No, provided its floor area is less than 30 square metres internal floor area and it is open on at least two sides.

Do I need Building Regulations approval to construct a detached garage?

No, provided that the garage meets the following conditions.

  • It is less than 30 square metres internal floor area
  • It is a single storey
  • It is one metre from any boundary or constructed of non-combustible materials (including the roof).

Any other garage will require an application. If in doubt please contact Building Control

Do I need Building Regulations approval to install cavity insulation into my house?

Yes. But if you use an approved installer they will generally submit a Building Notice on your behalf as a matter of course.

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 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 Building Regulations approval to convert my loft into a room?

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

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