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What sort of work is covered by Building regulations?


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.

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Ask The Architect – New team member


I would like to welcome Structural Engineer David Sharpe to the Ask The Architect team.  David will be helping out and with structural questions and chats as part of the Twitter service and we look forward to his input.

Give me some architecture


I was thinking about this blog the other day and it struck me that there is not a lot of architecture in the content.  To redress this I decided that my next entry would be about a building.  Not long after I made this decision I saw this article in last weeks copy of Building Design.

Rural Designs SKye House

I like the honesty and simplicity of this building as well as the functional, agricultural nature of the materials and construction. However, I am a little biased as I like living in the countryside.