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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 within your home. There are many alterations which do require building regulation approval.

If you have not obtained building regulation approval before carrying these works out. It will become a problem when you sell your property, as well as leaving you liable for prosecution. You will also need to visit the Planning Portal website to see whether you require planning permission.

For practical guidance on home improvements and much more visit the LABC Front Door website.

The Front Door website is easy to use for consumers and has proved to be a reliable and impartial source of information. It covers a range of common home improvement projects and issues including: loft conversions, chimneys, garage conversions, bathrooms, extensions, insulation, and solar panels. 

There’s useful advice on retrofitting energy efficiency measures too, like wall insulation and replacement windows, and guidance on fitting an electric vehicle charging point, which all makes a difference in terms of addressing the Climate Emergency. 

Another popular feature on the Front Door website is “Ask Anna”.

LABC aim to help most individuals who send us their queries using this feature and are continuing to see an increase in the number of questions being submitted. Frequently asked questions are published on the website to help homeowners on their home improvement journey.

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