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Within this building work other components must also comply with the Building Regulations, so whether you wish to add a new bathroom, upgrade or add drainage, install hot water tanks or even replace your windows, they all need to meet the requirements set in schedule 1 of the regulations. For the work to be compliant, whether a new building is erected or an extension added, then the alterations must not make other fabric, services and fittings fail under the requirements.
Other Aspects to watch out for When choosing the site you wish to work on, or even if you are extending your property, it is important to ensure you have inspected the area closely. For example, there maybe drain or sewage networks close to where your proposed site is, in this case your Building Control Service needs to ensure the measures are taken to protect the drains or sewers from damage.
There are also measures in place to check if the site is what’s known as contaminated land. There are soil tests that can be done to check this – examples of contaminated land would be areas in which radon gas is present in the ground or perhaps the site is located 250m of a landfill site. Part ‘C’ in schedule 1, (C Site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture), means that there must be protection from the contamination to stop it filtering into the building.
It is also recommended that you consult your neighbours on any work that you might be undertaking; it is not part of the Building Regulations but your work may interfere with their property. Although talking to your neighbours about the building works is not mandatory, your work maybe subject to the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, in this case you must give notice to your neighbours. Other legislations may also apply especially if your building works require approval under the Town and Country Planning Legislation.
Planning – Advice and Guidance Do you need planning permission? There are many types of development that do not require planning permission; this is because there is something called ‘Permitted Development Rights’. There different ways of finding out if the work you considering undertaking requires planning permission, one is to check the internet (however it is not recommended that the answers given are taken as final), you can write an informal letter including as much information as possible about the work and what is involved, a written response will then be sent to you. Or you can apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness.
With the certificate there are six different types of planning application depending on your requirements; – Householder: This form is used to apply for small-scale development such as conservatories, side extensions, garages and walls. Technically, a householder application is still a “full” application (see below), we just use a shorter form with clearer language and fewer questions so as to simplify the process as clearly we don’t need as much detail about a conservatory as a development of 100 flats.
Braille forms and a translation service are also available on request. If you are submitting one of these applications AND live in a Conservation Area, you will need to include a “Design and Access Statement”, the document sets out the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the development. i.e. the amount, layout, scale, landscaping and appearance of the development, and how the design of the development takes into account its context. For help reading, writing and using these new statements, use the links on the right.
Full: A full planning application requires the submission of all details of the proposal. It is appropriate in the following circumstances: if you wish to change the use of land or buildings if you have all the information ready for us and wish a scheme to be considered under a single application Most of these types of applications must be accompanied by a “Design and Access Statement”, the document sets out the design principles and concepts that have been applied to the development – i.e. relating to the amount, layout, scale, landscaping and appearance of the development, and how the design of the development takes into account its context. For help reading, writing and using these new statements, use the links on the right.
Outline: For a new building, you can make an outline application to find out whether the development is acceptable in principle. This has the advantage that detailed drawings are not required, but it will help if you provide us with as much information as possible. Once outline permission has been granted, you then need to apply for approval of the details of the scheme (these are called “reserved matters”). You must do this within 2 years of the original application and clearly before the work starts.