What are Building Regulations? - Granite Building Warranties

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Building Regulations - improving an existing home in the UK

Building regulations are a set of minimum standards developed by the UK government and approved by Parliament that apply to design, construction and alterations to almost all buildings in the UK.

Building regulations approval is different from planning permission; and even if you did not require planning permission, you will require building regulations for your project.

Building regulations are essentially there to ensure that all buildings are built to a structurally safe standard; from the foundations to plumbing and electrics, and that they conform to modern energy requirements and accessibility.

Building Regulations - high rise construction


Unlike planning permission, building regulations are a set of rules that cannot be subjectively altered and so all buildings are judged to the same standards.  They are required for new builds, extensions and conversions as well as changes in services and some changes of use.  Any alterations made to an existing building may impact on adjacent buildings so this must also be considered within the building regulations.

To get approval for the Building Regulations you can either use the local authority or an approved inspector.  Finding a building control officer you can work with will help enormously as they can give you lots of advice; and ask the difficult questions now, rather than later, to help you find the best solution which will save you both money and time in the long run.

Building Regulations - a building control officer


Conversion projects can often throw up problems when it comes to meeting Building Regulations, due to the constraints of the original building. But, good design solutions from your architect will normally enable you to comply with the regulations.

Inspectors will inspect at the key stages and assess the work as it progresses, so any faults will be picked up early on in the build and to ensure compliance at particular stages (see table below).


Key Inspection Stages During Construction

Excavation of foundations

Inspection 1

Foundations poured

Inspection 2

Oversite preparation/DPC

Inspection 3

Walls built and roof on

Inspection 4

First Fix

Inspection 5

Completed building

Inspection 6



When the project is finished, the approved inspector must issue a final certificate to the local authority to say that the work is complete, inspected, and that it complies with the regulations.  This also triggers the start of the 10 year structural warranty.

For further information please contact Ed or Kelly on tel: 01284 365345 or email ed@granitebw.co.uk / kelly@granitebw.co.uk

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