Every new home and most extensions will be subject to Building Regulations Approval in the same way that any new home and most extensions will be subject to Planning Approval.
Building Regulations are basically a set of rules that all buildings must adhere to. They cover energy consumption, disposal of waste, the passage of sound, disabled access and so on.
There is a specific process involved that will lead to your project eventually being approved by your local Building Control team. Whilst there is nothing stopping you from preparing and submitting the application yourself, we recommend you use an experienced individual or company because it can be a bit of a minefield if you don’t know what you’re doing.
One thing is for sure: there are no shortcuts when it comes to Building Regulations, so don’t even try!
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The process of preparing and then gaining approval of your application can take between six and eight weeks.