Building Control approval is the procedure for getting building work approved in terms of the Building Regulations (BR). For more information, see our '' section. Building Control approval is a separate matter from obtaining planning permission for your work. Similarly, receiving any planning permission which your work may require is not the same as taking action to ensure that it complies with the BR (BR)
It is generally realised that a form of permission is required for building work or alterations of properties. However, it may not always be clear how the Planning and Building Control approval regimes differ.
For many types of building work, separate permission under both regimes (separate processes) will be required. For other building work, such as internal alterations, Buildings Control approval will probably be needed, but planning permission may not be. If you are in any doubt you should contact:
If you are planning to carry out 'Building Work' as defined in Regulation 3 of the BR or Regulation A2 of the BR (Northern Ireland) 2000 (as amended), then it must comply with the BR. This normally means seeking approval of the work from a Building Control Body or your local council in Northern Ireland.
The following types of project amount to 'Building Work':
For a helpful guide to work out whether the BR apply to your building work, see the Department for Communities and Local Government's '' (note that this guide is now only available on an archived version of their website) or in Northern Ireland visit the .
For more information see our '' and ' ' sections.