In the United Kingdom, building regulations are legislative instruments or statutory regulations which aim to ensure that the policies laid down in the relevant legislation are enforced. Approval of building regulations is required for most construction work in the UK.
House Extension Building Regulations
An extension or addition to your house is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to set limits and conditions. Visit our interactive house and extensions mini guide to find out about the limitations on size and placement of your planned extension. Most extensions of properties require approval under the Building Regulations. A planning consultant may help with the smooth running of your project and guide you on your planning permission requirements. To find an accurate consultancy quote contact us on 020 8987 8071.
Building Regulations and basement conversions
Basement conversions are not just for the super-rich looking to add a new swimming pool – they are an increasingly popular way to add space in the home. Rising land values and a lack of space has meant the popularity in utilising the space beneath our feet has skyrocketed. The “iceberg” basement is now perceived as the latest must-have of the super-rich, typically containing swimming pools, gyms and cinemas but some of the more unconventional examples contain art galleries, gun stores and panic rooms to name a few. While not every basement is the “iceberg” basement, most are much more humble Victorian basements which have been converted for additional space.
If you are adding a room for residential purposes, then Building Regulations will become applicable. Exceptions may apply depending on the use of the building, for example plant rooms not visited by people. However, in a residential setting and when converting a damp existing cellar into a habitable space, they will be applicable. If unsure, you should always consult a building control body, who will provide advice as to when the regulations apply (via either the local authority or an approved inspector).
Responsibility for ensuring that the work complies with all applicable requirements falls to those that carry out the building work – designers, installers and the building owners. It is common practice that the building contractor will liaise with the building control body to confirm the timings of their inspections.
Electrician (should change to Electrical) Building Regulations
The Building Regulations set standards for electrical installation work only in relation to dwellings (houses, flats etc). The Building Regulations do not set standards for the safety of electrical appliances but they do require that fixed connections of appliances are safe.
No matter how big or small the job, your electrician should provide you with an electrical installation certificate which will confirm that the work carried out meets the British Standard for electrical safety, BS 7671. All electrical work in dwellings is covered under Building Regulations.
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