Planning And Building Regulations

Planning & Building Regulations

Planning is the process of managing the development of land and buildings. The purposes of this process are to save what is best of our heritage and to improve the infrastructure upon which we depend for a civilised existence. Your local planning authority is responsible for deciding whether a development, anything from an extension on a house to a new shopping centre, should go ahead.

Building regulations are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to virtually 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 the regulations. Building regulations approval is different from planning permission and you might need both for your project.

Permitted Development means that some people can perform certain types of work without needing to apply for planning permission. These are called “permitted development rights”. However, not all houses have permitted development rights, and you must check this carefully or speak to us, as it is common for people to believe they have permitted development rights when they actually don’t.