Building work exempt from building regulations

Some building work is exempt from building regulations, and these are listed below. If you’re unsure whether Building Regulations apply, please contact the Building Control section using the contact details on this page.

Exempt if;

  • No sleeping accommodation.
  • Not exceeding 15 square metres in floor area.

Exempt if:

  • A conservatory must have a glass/translucent roof. It must be attached to the house and no larger than 30 square metres in floor area.
  • Single storey.
  • Existing entrance doors and/or windows are retained.
  • Used for no other purpose.
  • Incorporates safety glazing in critical locations.
  • Not built over drainage
  • Unheated

Exempt if:

  • Detached.
  • Not exceeding 30 square metres in floor area.
  • 1 metre or more from any boundary or substantially non-combustible.

Exempt if:

  • Used for no other purpose.
  • Not exceeding 30 square metres in floor area.Single storey.
  • Existing entrance doors and/or windows are retained.
  • Incorporates safety glazing in critical locations.

Exempt if:

 

  • Open on at least two sides (doors are not an open side).
  • Not exceeding 30 square metres in floor area.
  • Single storey.

Rules for Electrical Safety in the Home

Part P of the Building Regulations applies to fixed mains and extra low voltage electrical installations including:

  • Mains wiring and equipment
  • Extra low voltage lighting
  • Central heating electrics
  • Electronic systems such as intruder and fire alarm systems.

Part P applies to electrical installations in dwelling houses and flats (but not rooms for residential purposes) and to extensions to electrical installations in the following which are exempt from Schedule Two of the Building Regulations but not the requirements of Part P:-

  • Conservatories
  • Porches
  • Gardens
  • Garages

Competent Person Scheme

If you intend to use a Competent Person Scheme for electrical works you do not need to make a Building Regulation application to us.

Note: Structures that are exempt from Building Regulation Approval may still require planning permission.

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