What Is The Difference Between Planning Permission & Building Regulations?
Although they are often used interchangeably, planning permission and building regulations are two completely different things. Building Regulations fall under the Building Act 1984. It comes into affect when making any planned construction changes to your home. Even if your planned construction is considered a permissible development, you’ll still need Building Regulations.
To secure Building Regulations you will need to ensure the work you’re having done meets certain criteria.
The regulations are put in place to make sure;
- That your planned construction doesn’t affect the thermal efficiency of the building.
- To assess concerns surrounding how damp proof the structure will be.
- For ventilation assessment.
- To ensure there’s no concerns regarding fire safety.
The regulations can apply to temporary living spaces, such as a conservatory or orangery. However, it mainly comes into effect when the extension is used as a living area, such as a kitchen extension or a second living room.
Planning permission is different from building regulations as it focuses more on the design of the properties alteration. New regulations that came into effect on the 1st of October 2008 mean that a conservatory is considered permitted development. This means it should not need planning permission. However, there are some limits to this.
The details of specific planning permission specifications can be found here. However, they tend to apply to issues such as size, shape and height of the alteration.