A self-contained building or part of a building used as a residential accommodation, and usually housing a single household.
A dwelling may be a house, bungalow, flat, maisonette or converted farm building.
Please also note that certain planning and building legislation has specific interpretations for the terms within the context of that legislation, and not all of these are the same.
- The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 specifically excludes flats from the definition of a 'dwellinghouse'.
- The Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) Regulations 2012 makes no such exclusions in its interpretation - "a building which is used as a single private dwellinghouse and for no other purpose" where 'building' is interpreted as per the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
- The Building Regulations 2010 states that 'dwellings' can be flats, but 'dwelling-houses' can not be flats.