What's the difference between planning permission and building regulations?
The building regulations set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the safety and health for people in or about those buildings. They also include requirements to ensure that fuel and power is conserved and facilities are provided for people, including those with disabilities, to access and move around inside buildings. Watch our short video and read more...
Planning is interested in the way our towns, cities and countryside is developed. This includes the appearance of buildings, the use of land and landscaping considerations, highway access and the impact that the development will have on the general environment.
For many types of building work, separate permissions will be required for both.
For other building work, such as internal alterations, buildings regulations approval will probably be needed, but planning permission may not be. If you are in any doubt about building control permissions contact your local planning authority and building control team or view this online resource to find out if you need planning permission.