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Building control

Before you carry out any building work to your property, you need to find out whether you need building regulations permission and / or planning permission.

What is the difference between planning permission and building regulations permission?

Building regulations permission is entirely separate from planning permission. Planning permission does not give you building regulations permission (nor does building regulations permission give you planning permission).

It is your responsibility to find out what permissions you need. If you are in any doubt, please ask us. We are here to offer free guidance.

Further information is available on the Planning Portal website:

Building control


If you are reading this page you are probably considering undertaking some building work. The following text should help to guide you through the Building Control process involved. It is not meant to be a comprehensive guide to the full extent of Building Regulations, which you may have to comply with; rather it is intended to address some of your more obvious concerns and to give an appreciation of the procedures you will be required to follow in order to gain approval.

It also gives an insight into the role of Building Control in this process.

Firstly, it should be made clear at the beginning that it is the responsibility of those carrying out Building work to ensure that the provisions of the regulations are fully met. The role of Building Control in enforcing the regulations is solely to check that they do so.

Building Regulations are the minimum standards that your building work must comply with. They don’t control everything but concentrate on health and safety, energy conservation, and access to and use of buildings. Other aspects such as the general quality of work are not specifically controlled by building control. You should also be aware that the ‘utility supplies’ e.g. - gas, electric and water are not covered. These are subject to the regulations applied by the relevant supply companies.

The Building Regulations are basic performance standards. The level of safety and standards acceptable are set out as guidance in the Approved Documents. Compliance with the detailed guidance of the Approved Documents is usually considered evidence that the Regulations themselves have been complied with. However, alternate ways of achieving the same level of health, safety, energy efficiency or accessibility, are also acceptable.

If you are having construction or refurbishment work done, you may need to notify the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and you may have other duties as well - find out more

The Approved Documents consist of the following parts:

BFire Safety   
    Volume 1 - Domestic
    Volume 2 - Non Domestic 
CSite Preparation and Resistance to Contaminants and Moisture 
DToxic Substances 
E – Resistance to sound
F – Ventilation
HDrainage and waste disposal
J – Heat producing appliances 
K – Protection from falling
LConservation of fuel and power: 
    L1A - in new dwellings
    L1B - in existing dwellings
    L2A - in new buildings other than dwellings
    L2B - in existing buildings other than dwellings
MAccess to and use of buildings
PElectrical safety – Domestic work  Best Practice Guide :  Electrical Industry Best Practice Guides

Building Regulation Legislation, Approved Documents and Guidance is free to view and download via

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Contact details

South Derbyshire District Council
Building Control Services
Civic Offices
Civic Way
DE11 0AH

Tel: 01283 228757
Fax: 01283 595850
Online: contact form

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