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The control of building standards is completely separate from Development Control, and approval under the building regulations must not be confused with planning permission. Approval under the building regulations does not mean that planning permission has been obtained and vice versa. Having made an application under the Building Regulations, you are required to notify Building Control of commencement and subsequent visits as required. Please go to the site inspection page for further information.

Building Regulations are concerned with maintaining the health and safety standards of buildings, energy conservation and access and facilities for disabled people. These are broken down into guidance notes, more commonly known as the Approved Documents. The full list is as follows :

A - Structure

B - Fire safety

C - Site preparation and resistance to moisture

D - Toxic substances

E - Resistance to the passage of sound

F - Ventilation

G - Hygiene

H - Drainage and waste disposal

J - Heat producing appliances

K - Protection from falling, collision and impact

L1A - Conservation of fuel and power (for new domestic buildings)

L1B - Conservation of fuel and power (for works to existing domestic buildings)

L2A - Conservation of fuel and power (for new non domestic buildings)

L2B - Conservation of fuel and power (for works to existing non domestic buildings)

M - Access to and use of buildings

P - Electrical safety

Q - Security

The District Council's Building Control Surveyors are professionally qualified and have expert local knowledge of ground conditions in the area. The Building Control section is also able to call on specialist advice on planning, structural engineering and environmental health. Homebuyers, building societies and professionals alike appreciate the integrity, independence and continuity offered by the Council's Building Control service.

For more information about the approved documents please visit the planning portal