Building regulations are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to almost every building. The regulations are developed by the UK government and approved by Parliament.
The Building Regulations 2010 cover the construction and extension of buildings and these regulations are supported by Approved Documents. Approved Documents set out detailed practical guidance on compliance with these regulations.
Building regulations approval is different from planning permission and both may be required for your project. You can apply to any Local Authority Building Control Department or Approved Inspector for building regulations approval.
There are two ways of obtaining your Building Regulation Certificate. The first way is called a Building Notice and it is intended for use with smaller building projects. With this method, detailed drawings are not required. A short form is filled in, payment is made to the Building Inspector who then checks the work on site to ensure that your builder is constructing in compliance with the various requirements. If the work is not done correctly, your builder will be asked to correct the work, and once the building inspector is satisfied, a Certificate will be issued at the end of the project.
In the second method, detailed drawings are produced, sent to the Building Inspector to ensure that the information contained within the drawings is correct and that there is sufficient information for your builder to comply with the Building regulations. Once this has been done, your builder knows that he is safe to follow the details set out in the drawings. A certificate will be issued at the end of the project as long as the contractor follows the construction method specified or has agreed any deviations with the Inspector. The Building Inspector will again come out to inspect the work as the construction phase progresses and the same certificate is issued at the end of the works.
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