About building regulations

What building regulations are and your responsibilities on a building project.

Building regulations

Building regulations are the standards and rules for building work. They ensure building work is safe and meets energy efficiency standards.

Most building projects must comply with the building regulations. The regulations apply to projects such as alterations, extensions, or home improvements, for example a new boiler or electrics.

If you are doing building work that needs to comply with building regulations, find out how to make an application

When we have signed off after the inspections, you'll receive a certificate of compliance. You will need this if you sell your property later.

You can also apply for a certificate of compliance if work was done in the past but there was no application or certificate.

Building regulations and planning permission are different and you may need both. So check if you need planning permission.

The full building regulations are on GOV.UK.

Your responsibilities

Meeting the requirements of the building regulations is the responsibility of the person carrying out the building work and, if they're not the same person, the owner of the building.

You may have to correct the building work or pay a fine, if you haven't applied for building regulations.

You should also be aware of your responsibilities around the health, safety and welfare. Read the guidelines to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).