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Building Regulations Approval & Planning Permission – The Difference

Planning decisions determines whether or not a proposed development or change of use can go ahead based on overall size, aesthetics and its effect on the surrounding area. This is decided by your local Planning Authority, whereas Building Regulations approval is determined by your local Building Control Authority that deals with the design and construction detailing of a project and monitors the project at building stage through regular on-site inspections.

Building Regulations Approval is more straightforward than the Planning Permission process as Building Regulations Approval sticks to its guidance on achieving compliance and is far less open to broad interpretation.

The UK’s Building regulations seek to ensure that the policies set out in the relevant legislation are carried out properly. Building regulations approval is required for most building work in the UK. There are two parts to getting Building regulations approval, there is the architectural aspect that deals with the technical factors such as ventilation, insulation, materials and fire safety and there are the structural aspects that require structural calculations to determine what size steel beams and foundations are needed to hold the structure. We can provide you with both the architectural and structural side as we also have a sister company that does everything structural related, so everything is done in-house.