Building Regulations approval – Understanding the importance

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At Planning & Design Practice we identified that the most commonly asked question post planning approval is “I have Planning Permission, why do I need Building Regulations approval as well?”

Building Regulations were first introduced in 1848 under the Public Health Act, ensuring that damp conditions, fire risks, sanitary conditions, ventilation and light levels were kept to an appropriate standard. In 1936, new legislation was introduced. However, under this legislation each regional council were able to enforce their own standards. In 1952, a set of mandatory national measures was introduced. In this edition structural requirements and material performance was also considered. Following this, in 1961 a new set of Building Regulations for England and Wales was included in the Public Health Act; however, it wasn’t until February 1966 that these were implemented by law.

So why did Building Regulations get put into place? Quite simply, Building Regulations are implemented to ensure safety and well-being of people inside and around buildings. More recently, due to changes in climate, further regulations were put in place to improve energy efficiency, enhance the surrounding environment and promote sustainable design and construction. All Building Regulation matters are dealt with by a separate governing body post planning approval rather than the Planning Authority who will have initially granted the planning permission.

Drawings are developed further post planning approval to provide all the required drawings demonstrating that Building Regulation standards are achieved and that structural & building services are further refined allowing for any specialist subcontractors design to be carried out. Building Regulations cover every aspect of the construction, from foundations and floor build up, right up to the thermal efficiency of the insulation used in the roof so that it meets the required specifications. Once these principles are established construction details can then be developed further.

Here at Planning & Design, we know how important Building Regulations are in the lead to a great performing extension or home. That’s why we take satisfaction in taking a project through all stages, from concept to completion.

In a nutshell, an informed design will lead to saving time and money.

Daryl Sanders, Architectural Assistant, Planning & Design Practice

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