The difference between planning permission and building regulations
When you carry out building work or make alterations to your property, you may need both:
- planning permission
- building regulations approval
We can help you to understand how these permissions are different.
Planning guides the way in which our countryside, towns and cities are designed and developed.
- how we make use of land or space
- buildings and their appearance
- road access
- the impact on the environment
Most new buildings, developments or changes to buildings are likely to need planning permission.
Building regulations are rules that cover the construction, design, alteration and extension of most buildings.
Building regulations cover:
- health and safety
- fuel and power use
- building access
- access for disabled people
You'll need a building regulations application for many home improvements as well as for commercial or non-residential properties.