Kitchens and bathrooms

Is building regulations approval needed for work to a kitchen or bathroom?

Work to refit a kitchen or bathroom with new units and fittings does not generally require building regulations approval, although drainage or electrical works that form part of the refit may require approval under the building regulations.

If a bathroom or kitchen is to be provided in a room where there wasn't one before, building regulations approval is likely to be required to ensure that the room will have adequate ventilation and drainage, and meet requirements in respect of structural stability, electrical and fire safety.

Further infomation

The following pages give an indication of some of the elements normally required to satisfy the requirements of the regulations for kitchens and bathrooms.

The following common work section gives an indication of other elements normally required to satisfy the requirements of the regulations for kitchens and bathrooms:

Your local authority building control body may ask for further details and works depending on the building and circumstances.