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Do I need building control approval?

Depending on the work you're doing you might need to get planning permission or building regulation approval, or both.

Building Regulation approvals are required for most internal and external work to a property. The regulations ensure the work being carried out meets the current safety and efficiency standards.

Some examples of when you will need to submit an application are:

  • A new dwelling house
  • An extension to an existing property 
  • A loft conversion
  • Alterations to the main structure of a building
  • Some home improvement works such as re-roofing an creation of new openings

These are just some examples of when development would require you to submit an application under Building Regulations. You can find out more information from the Planning Portal website:

Check if you need building control approval

The LABC website also provides more information on when you need to get building control approval.

There are certain exemptions when you don't need building control approval. However, it is complicated. If you are not sure, please contact our building control team before carrying out any work.

Apply for building control approval

If you do need building control approval it is easiest to apply online. If you need any help please do contact us.

Find out more about how to apply