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Building Regulations

The Building Regulations are designed to ensure new buildings meet health, safety, welfare, convenience and sustainability standards. They relate to the specifics of how a building should be constructed unlike planning permission which is about the principle of whether development should go ahead or not.

Many jobs in the home need to be notified to and approved as being compliant with Building Regulations by a Building Control Body, either your Local Authority Building Control or a private sector Approved Inspector, unless carried out by installers registered with a Competent Person Scheme who can self certify that their work is compliant. Some examples of notifiable work (not a complete list) are shown below.

Some examples of work that you DO need to tell a Building Control Body about unless you use an installer who is registered with a Competent Person Scheme.

  • installation of a new or replacement heating system or boiler, regardless of fuel type
  • installation of a new or replacement oil tank
  • installation of a bathroom if new plumbing is installed or existing plumbing is altered
  • installation of a fixed air conditioning system
  • addition of a radiator to an existing heating system (may not need notifying in some circumstances)
  • installation of a new or replacement fuse box (or consumer unit) or any new electrical circuit connected to the fuse box, and alterations to electrical installations around a bath or shower
  • replacement of window and door units
  • replacement of roof coverings on pitched and flat roofs

Some examples of work that you DO NOT need to tell a Building Control Body about but you can still use a Competent Person Scheme registered installer.

  • most repairs, replacements and maintenance work (except replacements of combustion appliances, oil tanks, electrical fuse boxes or glazing units, which do need to be notified
  • additional power points or lighting points or any other alterations to existing electrical circuits (except around baths and showers)
  • like-for-like replacements of baths, toilets, basins or sinks

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