The Building Regulations are much more technical than Planning Permission and deal with the actual construction of your project with regards to it being safe and it's compliance with Environmental standards.
So, the Regulations ensure that the building is (or remains) structurally sound, that services such as drainage and electrics and heating work effectively and efficiently, that the building does not waste energy and that it is safe to use.
Unlike Planning, Building Regulations Approval can be obtained either from the Local Authority or from Approved Building Inspectors working in the private sector.
The main company I use for Building Control is Shore Engineering, but there are others out there who provide similar service.
There are two phases to most Building Regulations Applications:
This is where we send detailed plans, showing all of the technical aspects of the construction work, and including specification of many features covered by the Regulations, for approval before the work starts on site. This is normally the best path to choose as it means the details are already agreed and approved and everyone knows what to use and where to use it.
Once the work starts on site, the Building Control Officers will come out and carry out inspections at various points during the work to make sure that elements which will eventually be covered up and impossible to see are installed or carried out correctly.
So, for instance, they will inspect the open foundation trenches to make sure the ground is suitable and then they will inspect the concrete foundations after they have been poured.
Sometimes other professionals are required to get through the Building Regulations phase, such as Structural Engineers for the design of beams etc, or Energy Consultants to help comply with the energy conservation requirements.
We have a number of specialised consultants we can draw on in order to get your project through the Building Regulations.
Now you have your Planning Permission and Building Regulations Approval, you'll want to go ahead and build!
What follows are some features on various elements of a building, to give an idea of how it is constructed and some of the options available.
So, you've got your design sorted and obtained Planning Permission, and now you want to get on and get it built.
Well, there is another hurdle to jump and this is the Building Regulations.
Basically, the Building Regulations are designed to make sure the work you want to carry out will result in a safe and energy efficient building. They are satisfied by complying with the requirements set out in The Approved Documents. These can be viewed and downloaded from the Planning Portal.
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