- Building Regulations
- Energy performance certificate
- Environmental protection
- Green design standards
- Health and Safety
- Planning Permission
Permissions and regulations
If you are embarking on a selfbuild project the two main permissions you will most often require for building work in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are Planning Permission and Building Regulations consent.
In Scotland the regulations for building are known as the Building StandardsIn Scotland, the system administered by a local authority for granting permission for work to be done (Building Warrant) and for a completed building to be occupied (Completion Certificate) see Building Standards
Planning Permission deals with the overall issue of what kind of houses are permissible in which area. The planning officers are employed by the local council.
Building RegulationsThese are the mass of regulations that cover safety, health, welfare, convenience, energy efficiency etc. in the way buildings are constructed. Not to be confused with Planning consent (which is more to do with whether you can put up the building in the first place). See more on the regulations and Building Standards deal with whether the building is built properly and is safe and energy efficient etc. The building inspectors are either employed by the local council or are private companies approved to do the work. You can choose which you want to use. It is normal to get planning permission before building regs approval because if there is a problem with planning permissionthen it might affect the building regs drawings, although an architect will tend to develop both at the same time.
It is quite likely that if you are employing an architect or building consultant or someone else to do your drawings and design work that they will handle the drawing and form-filling necessary to obtain planning permission and building regulation consent. However it is useful to have an understanding of what is going on.
See the English government Planning Portal site which deals with both Planning consent and Building Regulations.
Wales has been undergoing a transfer of powers. See the current situation regarding Building Regulations.
Northern Ireland has its own Building Regulations
The regulations regarding outbuildings such as garden sheds are often contained in local council bye-laws rather than being part of the national Building Regulations or planning consent so it is worth checking these out early in the design process. Contact the local council to find out more