What is building control?

The building control service ensures that buildings are constructed properly and in accordance with current standards and regulations. This is done by checking the information provided with the application e.g. plans and then inspecting the construction work as it progresses on site.

Principally the building regulations:

  • Safeguard the health and safety of people in and around building
  • Conserve energy
  • Provide access and facilities for people with disabilities

The vast majority of building works requires building regulation approval with only a small amount of minor works and structures being exempt. If you are in any doubt whether or not your proposals require approval contact

Quality Assurance

We operate a Quality System for Building Control approved by the British Standards Institution as fulfilling the objectives set out in BS EN ISO 9001 2000.

Building control set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the safety and health for people in or about those buildings. They also include requirements to ensure that fuel and power is conserved and facilities are provided for people, including those with disabilities, to access and move around inside buildings.

Planning is interested in the way our towns, cities and countryside is developed. This includes the appearance of buildings, the use of land & landscaping considerations, highway access and the impact that the development will have on the general environment.

Do you need permission?

For many types of building work, separate permissions will be required for both. For other building work, such as internal alterations, building regulations approval will probably be needed, butt planning permission may not be.

Read our planning and building regulations guidance for many common building work projects on the Planning Portal (opens in a new window). Please note that this is only a guide. You are strongly advised to double check with Planning and Building Control before commencing any works.

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