With all building work, the owner of the property (or land) in question is ultimately responsible for complying with the relevant planning rules and building regulations (regardless of the need to apply for planning permission and/or building regulations approval or not).
Therefore, failure to comply with the relevant rules will result in the owner being liable for any remedial action (which could go as far as demolition and/or restoration). The general advice is to always discuss your proposals with Beeston Architectural Services or the relevant Local Planning Authority and Building Control Service before starting work.
When you need approval.
If you are carrying out building work personally, it is very
important that you understand how the building regulatory system and material
applies to your situation as you are responsible for making sure that the work
complies with the building regulations.
If you are employing a builder, the responsibility will
usually be theirs - but you should confirm this at the very beginning. You
should also bear in mind that if you are the owner of the building, it is
ultimately you who may be served with an enforcement notice if the work does not
comply with the regulations.
Some kinds of building projects are exempt
the Regulations, however generally if you are planning to carry out 'Building
Work' as defined in Regulation 3 of the Building
, then it must comply with the Building Regulations. This means
that the Regulations will probably apply if you want to:
- Put up a new building
- Extend or alter an existing one
- Provide services and/or fittings in a building such as washing and sanitary
facilities, hot water cylinders, foul water and rainwater drainage, replacement
windows, and fuel burning appliances of any type.
The works themselves must meet the relevant technical requirements in the
Building Regulations and they must not make other fabric, services and fittings
less compliant than they were before - or dangerous. For example, the provision
of replacement double-glazing must not make compliance worse in relation to
means of escape, air supply for combustion appliances and their flues and
ventilation for health.
They may also apply to certain changes of use of an existing building. This
is because the change of use may result in the building as a whole no longer
complying with the requirements which will apply to its new type of use, and so
having to be up-graded to meet additional requirements specified in the
regulations for which building work may also be required.
In summary, the following types of project amount to 'Building Work':
- The erection or extension of a building
- The installation or extension of a service or fitting which is controlled
under the regulations
- An alteration project involving work which will temporarily or permanently
affect the ongoing compliance of the building, service or fitting with the
requirements relating to structure, fire, or access to and use of buildings
- The insertion of insulation into a cavity wall
- The underpinning of the foundations of a building
- Work affecting the thermal elements, energy status or energy performance of
Before commencing work you should refer to Regulation 3 of the Building
for the full meaning of 'building work' or, if you are
unsure, seek advice from Beeston Architectural Services or your local Building Control Office.