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Your responsibilities

With all building work, the owner of the property (or land) in question is ultimately responsible for complying with the relevant planning rules and building regulations (regardless of the need to apply for planning permission and/or building regulations approval or not).

Therefore, failure to comply with the relevant rules will result in the owner being liable for any remedial action (which could go as far as demolition and/or restoration). The general advice is to always discuss your proposals with the relevant local planning authority and building control service before starting work.

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    Building regulations

    Meeting the requirements of the building regulations is the responsibility of the person carrying out the building work and, if they are not the same person, the owner of the building.

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      Planning permission

      Planning permission, in simple terms, is like asking if you can do a certain piece of building work. It will be granted (possibly subject to certain conditions) or refused.

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          Other considerations before you start work

          There are a number of issues in addition to those directly connected to the planning and building control regimes that you should consider before starting work.

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              Other permissions you may require

              As well as obtaining planning permission (or being covered by permitted development rights) and complying with building regulations you may need additional permissions for development to proceed.

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                  Building regulations

                  Meeting the requirements of the building regulations is the responsibility of the person carrying out the building work and, if they are not the same person, the owner of the building.

                    Planning permission icon

                    Planning permission

                    Planning permission, in simple terms, is like asking if you can do a certain piece of building work. It will be granted (possibly subject to certain conditions) or refused.

                        Explore
                        Tools icon

                        Other considerations before you start work

                        There are a number of issues in addition to those directly connected to the planning and building control regimes that you should consider before starting work.

                            Explore
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                            Other permissions you may require

                            As well as obtaining planning permission (or being covered by permitted development rights) and complying with building regulations you may need additional permissions for development to proceed.

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                                The Planning Portal is delivered by PortalPlanQuest Limited which is a joint venture between TerraQuest Solutions Limited and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities. All content © 2022 Planning Portal.