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Practical Advice

Planning Permission Explained

Parliament has given the main responsibility for planning to local planning authorities (this is usually the planning department of your local council). Any queries should be directed initially to your local planning authority.

It is your responsibility for obtaining the necessary planning permission and if planning permission is required it must be obtained before any work starts.

Building Regulations

Building regulations apply to most building works and must be met by the person carrying out the building works and the owner of the building (if this is a different person).

Whoever is carrying out the building works needs to ensure that the works comply with building regulations. This may be the builder but it is important to ensure at the outset of the project who is responsible for compliance. Please be aware that the owner of the building would be served an enforcement notice if the building regulations are not met. The consequence for non-compliance can be significant and the owner would be liable for any remedial works (which could go as far as demolition and/or restoration. The general advice is to discuss any proposals Your Responsibilities with the relevant Local Planning Authority and Building Control Service before starting work.

The responsibility for ensuring the Building Regulations have been met falls to Building Control Bodies (BCBs) and approval for building work and the approval process will depend on which service is being used.

In the case of some minor works, the contractor (if approved to do so) may be able to self-certify the work and in this case would notify the Building Control Body that work has been completed in accordance with Building Regulations.

Planning Advisory Services Booklet
Planning Advisory Services Booklet

To request a copy of your local Planning Advisory Services Information Booklet then please send us a request by clicking here. Make sure to include your name, full postal address and telephone number.

Carbon Footprint Tool
Energy Saving Trust

The Energy Saving Trust have created a carbon footprint tool that allow groups of individuals to measure their carbon emissions and workout their community carbon footprint. To use the community carbon footprint tool then please click here.