Building regulations often gets overshadowed by planning approval and as result a lot of people are not fully aware of the requirements and their duties when it comes to building projects.
The responsibility of complying with the regulations usually lies with the person carrying out the work. But as a building owner its worth bearing in mind that you may be served with the enforcement notice for anything that doesn’t come up to scratch.
In general the type of projects that require approval are new buildings, extensions, alterations, some changes of use and replacement services or fittings like bathrooms, hot water tanks, drains, windows or heating systems.
The scope of building regulations is very wide reaching and it’s often the small jobs that are less well understood.
The projects need to comply with the appropriate technical requirements detailed in the building regulations and they must not make other building elements less compliant as a result.
When changing the use of a building it might not comply with the regulations that apply to its new use, so parts of the building will need to be amended to meet building regulations.
Before starting work you can check what is covered in Regulation 3 of the building regulations, or if you are in any doubt just ask the architect.