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Alterations requiring Building Regulation approval

Whilst there are some buildings that are exempt from the need to gain approval, you will generally need to submit a Building Regulation application before you start any building work. There are many alterations that you may consider undertaking yourself in the home, which do require building regulation approval.

Although seemingly trivial it will become a problem when you sell your property, as well as leaving you liable for prosecution, if you have not obtained building regulation approval before carrying the work out. You can seek to apply for a Regularisation Certificate. You will also need to visit the Planning Portal website to see whether your proposal requires planning permission.

Examples of alteration work requiring Building Regulation approval

Building Regulations for kitchens & bathrooms

In the majority of cases, refitting a domestic kitchen or bathroom with new units and fittings will not require Building Regulations approval. However, adjusting the existing physical layout, and drainage or electrical works that form part of the refit, may require Building Regulations approval. Building Regulations approval is likely to be required when fitting a bathroom or kitchen in a room where there wasn't one before.

These are some further alterations that would require Building Regulation approval


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