Building Regulations

Basements
Conservatories
Demolition
Doors and Windows
Flue, Chimney or Soil and Vent Pipe
Garage Conversion
Loft Conversion
Decking
Porch
Solar Panels

Basements

Building Regulations?

Be aware that Building Regulations will apply. Building regulations will cover fire escape routes, ceiling height, ventilation, damp proofing, electrical wiring and water supplies.
Underpinning and foundation work may also be needed.
You must also consider the Party Wall Act 1996 if other properties adjoin yours and you share walls.
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Conservatories

Building Regulations?

You will not require Building Regulations if:

  • It is less than 30 square m in floor area and is built at ground level
  • at least half of the new wall and three quarters of the roof are either glazed or translucent material
  • the conservatory is separated by external quality door(s)
  • glazing and fixed electrical installations comply with the applicable building regulation requirements
  • When planning where to locate a conservatory, it is advised not to construct conservatories where they will restrict access to windows serving rooms in roof or loft conversions, particularly if
  • those windows are intended to help escape or rescue in the event of a fire.
  • What is important to remember is that if you intend to create a structural opening between the conservatory and the existing house, you will require building regulation approval for the
  • opening, even if the conservatory is considered an exempt structure.

For a single storey rear extension, you would require Building Regulations.
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Demolition

Building Regulations?

If you intend to demolish a building, you will require giving eight weeks prior notice to the Local Authority Building Control before demolition begins.
The Local Authority Building Control may decide to issue a notice within 8 weeks on receipt of the notification to specify conditions that need to be met. It is likely that these conditions may include cautions to protect the public and adjoining properties.
Demolition works must comply with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994 and a health and safety plan which the principal contractor will produce.
Building Regulations relating to site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture will need to be met once the preparation work starts on site.
It is advised that you contact your local authority Building Control Service.
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Doors and Windows

Building Regulations?

If you intend to demolish a building, you will require giving six weeks prior notice to the Local Authority Building Control before demolition begins.
The Local Authority Building Control may decide to issue a notice within 6 weeks on receipt of the notification to specify conditions that need to be met. It is likely that these conditions may include cautions to protect the public and adjoining properties.
Demolition works must comply with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994 and a health and safety plan which the principal contractor will produce.
Building Regulations relating to site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture will need to be met once the preparation work starts on site.
Contact your local authority Building Control Service.
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Flue, Chimney or Soil and Vent Pipe

Building Regulations?

If you wish to install a chimney flue, building regulations will apply. Take into account factors such as ventilation and general safety. Installation should be carried out by a suitably qualified installer.
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Garage Conversion

Building Regulations?

You do not generally require planning approval to convert your garage into habitable space but you will normally require approval under the Building Regulations.
Walls: If you intend to infill the garage door with a new wall and a window you will require approval. The reason for this is that the garage is likely to have been constructed off a shallow slab and therefore a new foundation required for the new wall.
Floors: Although the existing floor within the garage is likely to be strong enough for home use, it is likely that is will require upgrading to ensure it is adequate in terms of damp-proofing and thermal insulation. You may wish to change the level of the floor to match that of the existing house. The easiest way to do this is to upgrade the existing concrete floor or if the levels permit, construct a timber floor over the existing.
Ventilation: The Building Regulations require that each new room (including garage conversions), should have adequate ventilation for general health reasons. Ventilaton can be provided in the following ways:
Purge: This can be achieved by opening the window. The opening should have an area of at least 1/20th of the room it is intended to serve. This will vary for a bathroom which can have a window of any openable size.
Whole Building: Ventilation is also required and is normally found in modern windows which incorporate a system in the head of the window framework.
Both these forms of ventilation are normally required. Alternative options can be discussed with the Building Control Body.
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Loft Conversion

Building Regulations?

Building Regulations approval is required to convert a loft or attic into a liveable space.
The guidance in this section is aimed at those properties which are no more than 2 storeys in height. Requirements are more extensive for houses over 3 storeys and can extend to other parts of the building.

For any loft conversion, the regulations will be applied to ensure that:

the new floor is structurally sound
the stability of the structure (including the existing roof) is not endangered
allows safe escape from fire
safely designed stairs to the new floor
Boarding Out for Storage
In most cases, the timber joist which form the floor of the loft (and the ceiling of the rooms below) have not been designed to support the significant weight associated with making the space habitable. An excessive additional load may mean that the existing joists are loaded beyond their design capacity. If you decide to lay flooring boards over the existing joists in the loft space, then you may require a Building Regulations Application…….remember, a box of books can represent a substantial dead load.
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Decking

Building Regulations?

Building Regulations should be assumed to apply to every deck structure requiring planning permission.
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Porch

Building Regulations?

A porch is normally exempt from Building Regulation Approval if it is built at ground level and is under 3 square m in floor area. This is provided that the glazing and fixed electrical installations comply with the appropriate sections of the building regulations (see competent person scheme)

To be exempt from building regulations approval:

  • the front entrance door between the exisitng house and the new porch must remain in place.
  • If the house has a ramped or level access for disabled people, the porch must not adversely affect access.
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Solar Panels

Building Regulations?

Building Regulations will apply when fitting solar panels to your roof.
The issue here is whether the existing roof will be able to take the extra roof loadings that solar panels will impose on it. It will be necessary for you to demonstrate that your roof is capable of taking the additional imposed weight.
Building Regulations do not stop there. Regulations also apply to the electrical installation and therefore, we recommend you contact a competent person to undertake this work.