Check if you need building regulations approval

You must check if you need building regulations approval before you construct or change a building in a certain way.

 Building regulations are in place to make sure that buildings are safe, accessible and energy efficient.

 You will need building regulations approval for: 

  • a new building
  • an extension
  • a loft conversion
  • alterations to the structure of the building
  • home improvements like a new boiler, radiators, bathroom, fuse box, electric, windows, doors, and roofing.

 How to find out if you need building regulations approval

 You can check if you need building regulations approval for your building work on the: 

 You don’t need to get approval yourself if you use someone registered with a competent person scheme.

Professional advice

 You can use our drop-in duty building control service to get professional advice as to whether or not you require building regulations approval. If approval is required, we can also provide pre-application advice on your proposal. 

Other permissions you might need

 Building regulations approval is different from planning permission. You might need both.

 You’ll probably need planning permission if you want to: 

  • build something new
  • make a major change, like building an extension
  • change the use of your building.

Check if you need planning permission 

Further information

 Read the guidance on meeting building regulation requirements.