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Building Regulations


Failure to comply with the Building Regulations

If you do not follow the building control procedures set out for handling your building work or you carry out building work which does not comply with the requirements contained in the Building Regulations you will have to rectify them, or face enforcement action

​Building regulations

What is Building Control approval?


Building regulations are the minimum design standards for construction set by the government in the UK and are grouped into 15 technical documents ranging from A-​Q not including I.


Building regulations are sometimes befuddled with planning permission they are a completely different requirement and most construction project will need a degree of both, be sure you know the difference.

How long does building regs approval take?


In our experience the local council will take around 6 – 8 week from submission to issue a decision so be sure to factor this in. if you are pressed for time we have found using independent Building control a quicker option.

6-8 Weeks


Do I need Plans for building regs?


If you are going to create a habitable space then more than likely you will need to submit an application, plans are a requirement to demonstrate how you propose to construct your building it should be to a known scale, include drainage, electrical structural information, detailed sections that demonstrate compliance to all parts of the regulation were appropriate.

Building regulation drawings costs


The cost depends on complexity and number of services you require. E.g. one project may only require drawings and specification whilst another may also require structural calculations, sap calculation etc. so there is no one size fits all cost. To get true value for services we tend to itemise our fee quotation. We provide building regulation drawing and submission packages starting from £495 find out more about our prices and even get a quote


Building Regulations plans


Do you need building regulation drawings?

​In order to submit a successful building regulation application you will need ​building regulation plans.



We provide a full building control service including sap calculations, structural calculations, detailed drawing and specifications Material listing and costing.

Do you have planning drawings?


We are aware that many architectural companies will only provide you with planning drawings, in this circumstance we may prepare your building regulation application from a set of approved planning drawings. We will review your design and return with a quote within 24hrs. Our regulations prices start from as low as £395 for an extension. Just send a (PDF, DXF, DWG, JPEG) copy to us at info@sharpeplan.co.uk and we will take it from there.


Council submission.


As part of our standard service we will submit your application and follow communications with your local council through to approval.

What are the Building Regulations?

The Building Regulations apply to building work in England & Wales and 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.


Is Building Regulations approval the same as planning permission?


No, Building Regulations 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 Building Regulations.




​Building notice


Building Notice carries the risk of non-compliant work having to be rectified on site subsequent to the Surveyor’s inspections.

The Building Regulations apply not only to the construction of new domestic and commercial buildings but also to the alteration and extension of existing buildings and upon the change of use of certain properties.

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PDFFile SizeBuilding Regulation Guides Description
Building Regulations Explanatory Booklet1.16 MBA full overview on the legal Building Regulations in England & Wales (relevant to anyone planning to carry out building projects).
Party Wall etc. ACT 1196_Booklet1.09 MBExplanation on how the Part Wall Act may affect you if you’re planning to carry out work covered by the Act or receive notification under the Act of proposed work by your neighbours.
Part L & Part P Changes - April 2005283 KBThe energy efficiency and electrical safety measures introduced as part of the Government’s strategy to tackle climate change.
Domestic Heating Compliance Guide - April 2006757 KBGuidance on complying with the Building Regulations Part L for conventional space heating systems and hot water service systems in properties.

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