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Frequently Asked Building Control Questions

What will happen if I do not comply with the building regulations?

  • The work will not be legal
  • You could be prosecuted and could face a fine of up to £5000
  • The work may not be safe or could cause health problems
  • It may also not meet energy efficiency standards
  • If work is found to be faulty, we could insist you put it right at your own expense
  • If the work has not been carried out by a registered installer from a competent person scheme, you will have no record that the work complies with building regulations. This will be important when you come to sell your home as you will be asked to provide certificates of compliance with the building regulations

How do I meet the requirements of the building regulations?

You can check online by visiting the Planning Portal.

If you are still unsure, please contact building control to see if your works require building regulations.

What application do I need to submit?

There are two methods of obtaining approval for building regulations:

  • A full plans application 
  • A building notice application

View our guidance note [pdf] 72KB for further information on these two types of applications.

How do I apply for building regulations?

You can apply:

Please visit forms and fees for further information on applying for building regulations.

How do I choose a builder?

Please view our guidance on choosing a builder.

What is an exempt building?

Please view our guidance on exempt buildings.

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