The Difference between Planning Permission and Building Regulations Approval

Ever wondered about the difference between planning permission and building regulations approval?

Very often home owners and property developers are confused by the need to obtain approval from the council for their building work. Does this sound like you?

The fact is that Planning applications and Building Regulations (Building Control) applications are considered under different laws.

PLANNING PERMISSION covers the principles of development assessing whether the development will accord with local and national policies and whether it would cause unacceptable harm, for example, to neighbours’ amenities, whereas the BUILDING REGULATIONS cover the structural aspects of development and progress throughout the construction.

Which means, when you make a planning application you are seeking permission to enable you to carry out development. On the other hand, when you make a Building Regulation application you are seeking to have the details of your development checked and approved for compliance with the standards of construction.

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