About building control


All building work carried out should meet current building codes and regulation requirements.

This means that you could need planning permission and/or building regulations approval.

Building regulations set the standard for construction throughout England and Wales. The regulations cover all aspects of design and construction, and deliver a built environment that is healthy, safe, energy efficient and accessible to the whole community.

The Building Regulations are made under powers provided in the Building Act 1984, and apply in England and Wales. The current edition of the regulations is The Building Regulations 2010 (as amended) and the majority of building projects are required to comply with them. Anyone wanting to carry out building work which is subject to the building regulations is required by law to make sure it complies with the regulations.

View more information about building regulations on GOV.UK.

The Local Authority Building Control (LABC) represents all local authority building control teams in England and Wales. Their members work cooperatively with building owners, home owners, architects, plan drawers, developers, building contractors and other professionals to ensure buildings meet the standards set by the building regulations.

For the most up to date technical guidance for building regulations, view LABC’s online building regulations resource.

Find out if you need to make a building control application

View guidance on whether the work you wish to carry out requires a Building Regulations application on LABC’s website as a:

View further general advice about making home improvements on LABC's Front Door website.

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