Sunday, February 19, 2012

Building Regulations for Homeowner Extensions

Many homeowners who are interested in getting more information about extension projects can find the Building Regulations for extensions a little complicated. If you are considering building your own extension and are finding the building regulations difficult to get your head around, then read on for some of our most frequently asked questions about extensions.

What are Building Regulations?
Building Regulations are legislation detailing the methods and requirements for the construction of buildings. These regulations are primarily concerned with the safety of a building’s structure and its resistance to fire. 

As they have evolved over the centuries, Building Regulations have focused upon a wider range of issues including the most recent requirements as regards to energy efficiency and ensuring that buildings are more environmentally friendly. By complying with building regulations when building extensions, you are ensuring that you will end up with a building which is safe to work and live in.   

When do Building Regulations apply?
Building Regulations apply to most new building works and extensions and any other structural work which may be carried out on a building. Building Regulations will apply in a range of differing situations.
You should always investigate which regulations apply if you are in the following situations:
  • building a new building
  • building an extension on an existing building
  • altering or changing an existing building
  • providing fittings
  • underpinning foundations

When are building works exempt from Building Regulations? 

How do I apply for Building Regulation approval?

If you are interested in building an extension then you will first need to make sure that you have Planning Permission and have acquired Building Regulations approval.  You can either do this through Full Plans Submission or Building Notice. At Design Drawn Ltd we would be pleased to provide all of the design, drawing and local authority services required to bring your dreams HOME to reality.

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