If you need more space and you do not want to move house, you may wish to consider extending or renovating your home.
Your home is probably your most valuable asset, so it is important that your extension project is carefully planned. This guide is not a substitute for professional advice, but has been written to provide you with useful information about how the Building Regulations will affect your extension.
This guide produced by the LABC (Local Authority Building Control) highlights how Part E of the Building Regulations Approved Documents may affect your building project.
Some kinds of work carried out to a property may not be controlled by the Building Regulations, but may be covered by the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. This is a separate piece of legislation with different requirements from the Building Regulations. The Party Wall etc. Act makes provision in respect of party walls and excavation and construction in proximity to certain buildings or structures. There will be some instances where both the Party Wall etc. Act and the Building Regulations apply to the work being carried out.
You must find out whether work you intend to carry out falls within The Party Wall etc. Act 1996. This includes:
It is essential that you understand your obligations to notify adjoining owners and are aware of the circumstances under which a dispute can arise.
If you need to know more about any of our guides or any other aspect of the Building Regulations, please contact the Building Control team and we will be pleased to advise you.