There are several key differences between building regulations and planning permissions. Information in this section is for those requiring permission or making an appeal.
PLANNING PERMISSION: As a rule, some form of permission is often needed to alter a property or carry out building work.
Even so, UK planning and building regulations approval regimes are not always clear and straight forward.
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 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.
There is one principle purpose of acquiring planning permission. It is to enhance the way cities, towns, and the countryside get developed. 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.
Note: Always contact the local planning authority or one of the building control bodies for expert advice.
APPEAL A DECISION: Check how to appeal against a planning consent decision to display advertising. Find out the appeals process if you get refused and what documents you need.
APPEAL A DECISION: Your local planning authority makes decisions about householder planning applications.
APPEAL A DECISION: Your local planning authority makes decisions about listed building consent applications.
ENGLAND & WALES: Information in this section explains what to do when you need planning permission. Find out where to apply and what may count as permitted development.
PLANNING DECISION: Use the appeal Planning Inspectorate to make 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: Do you feel there was 'unreasonable behaviour' during your planning appeal? If so, find out when and how to claim planning appeal costs and what type of award you could get.
Planning Permissions and Building Regulations in the United Kingdom