What Are Building Regulations?

Posted on: 12 November 2023

What are Building Regulations?

Building regulations are the UK standards for ensuring the design and construction of a building will meet safety and health requirements. Most construction projects require them to be in place to ensure that building work is constructed in a manner that will not endanger the lives of the building occupants or those around them.

Covering aspects such as the building structure, damp protection, drainage and fire protection, the building regulations also consider insulation, energy use, ventilation, glazing and electrics.

The government publishes building regulations which are the same across the country. A copy of the latest approved building regulations can be downloaded from the planning portal website.

During our process, we guide our clients through what regulations and planning they require.

Our Process

What is the process for Building Regulations?

When work is undertaken, such as building an extension or alterations to a home, building regulations approval will likely be required.

The building regulations process is a two-stage process that involves submitting detailed plans and specifications for the project to the council building regulations department or to an approved building inspector. When these plans have been checked, a ‘Plans Approval’ will be issued. When the building work commences on site, the inspector will visit at pre-determined stages to inspect the foundations, structure, and insulation.

When the works are complete, the building inspector will ‘sign off’ the building regulations and issue a completion certificate.

Townscape Architects cover all the above so you can sit back and relax and watch your new home take shape.

We have limited slots available where you can speak to one of our Qualified Architects about your plans over a coffee and with no obligation. Drop us a line to make a reservation.

To book an appointment to explore the possibilities your home has to offer, please call our Harrogate office on 01423 505924 or for York call 01904 217190

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01423 505 924
Temple House,
Raglan Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 1LE
01904 217190
152-154 Holgate Road,
York , Y024 4DQ