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Planning Permission: Building Regulations

There is one principle purpose of acquiring planning permission. It is to enhance the way cities, towns, and the countryside are developed.

There are several key differences between building regulations and planning permissions. The information in this section is for those requiring permission or making an appeal.


As a rule, some form of permission is needed to alter a property or carry out building work.

Even so, UK planning and building regulations approval regimes are not always clear and straightforward.

In some cases, there will be compliance responsibilities to understand and acknowledge. These apply most to the UK construction health and safety regulations.

Ensuring the safety and health of people in or around those buildings is the paramount concern for planning authorities.

That is why there are building regulations in the United Kingdom. They set minimum standards for design and for the construction of domestic properties and buildings.

Another factor is a requirement to ensure power and fuel gets conserved. There may be extra access facilities needed for those with disabilities to move around inside the building.

And the outcome…

Often, permissions restrict the use of land and buildings in the general environment. They limit or dictate the appearance of buildings, access to highways, and landscaping.

Because there is a difference between building regulations and planning permission, you may need to apply for separate permissions. That said, some building work requires buildings regulations approval, but not planning permission.

Building and Planning Permission Guide

Note: Always contact the local planning authority (LPA) or one of the building control bodies for expert advice.

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This section explains how to apply for building regulations approval, when you need it, and the process for using a competent person scheme.

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Appealing a Decision

This guide explains how to appeal a planning decision when the local planning authority refuses to grant an application for planning permission.

Enforcement Notices

This help guide explains how to make an appeal against a planning enforcement notice and how long the process takes in the United Kingdom.

England and Wales

Information in the help guide explains what to do when you need planning permission. Find out where to apply and what may count as permitted development (PD).

Householder Planning

Information in this help guide explains the process for appealing a householder planning decision made by a local planning authority (LPA) in the United Kingdom.

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The help guide explains how to appeal a listed building consent decision, the deadline for appealing, and how long the process will take.

Minor Commercial Developments

This guide explains how to appeal a minor commercial development decision made by the local planning authority (LPA), required documentation, and how long the process takes.

Planning Decision

Use the Planning Inspectorate website to lodge an appeal (or search for) an LPA decision. You can also make a public comment on a planning notice or a planning decision.

Planning Appeal Costs

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Planning Permissions and Building Regulations in United Kingdom