Check what approval you need for your building work
Depending on the work you're doing you might need to get planning permission or building regulation approval, or both
It's your responsibility to find out what permissions, approvals and consents may be needed.
You’ll probably need planning permission if you want to:
- build something new
- make a major change, like building an extension
- change the use of your building
We also have specific rules for Bristol that might affect whether you need planning permission.
Building regulation approval
You need building regulation approval to check the work you're doing reaches certain safety and energy efficiency standards.
Building regulations apply to most building work so it's important to know when approval is needed.
You probably need building regulation approval for:
- a new building
- an extension
- a loft-conversion
- alterations to the structure of the building
- home improvements like a new boiler, radiators, bathroom, fuse box, electric, windows, doors, and roofing
Listed building consent
Special consent is needed for any work on a listed building.
If your work affects any trees, you must check whether the tree is protected.
You should also check the following permission before you start work:
- covenants and private rights
- rights of way
- ancient monuments
- protected species
- the party wall
- other licences
Once you know you need approval