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Difference between planning and building

 You may find it helpful to understand the difference  between planning permission and building regulations.

Planning permission

Planning concerns the way that towns, cities and rural areas are developed. This includes the way that buildings look, the use of land and landscaping considerations, highway access and the impact that any development will have on the local environment.

Building regulations

Building regulations set standards for the design and construction of buildings to make sure they provide a safe environment for the people who live in or use them. Building regulations also state requirements that ensure fuel and power are conserved and that there are appropriate facilities for people, to access and move around inside - including people with disabilities.

What do I need?

For many types of building work, you will need separate permissions for both planning permission and building regulations. For other building work, like internal alterations, it's likely you will need building regulations approval but not planning permission. 

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