There are statutory requirements for health and safety, to make buildings safe for those who live or work in them. Any change of use of a building, particularly if bringing it into public use, will need Building Regulations approval. Typical examples include converting a building to:
- a dwelling
- a flat or maisonette (including a change in the number of dwellings within a building)
- a hotel or boarding house
- an institution (such as a nursing home or hospital)
- a public building (such as a theatre, school or place of public worship)
- residential rooms (such as hotel rooms or residential homes), including a change in the number of rooms
- a shop
The quickest and easiest way to make your application is to do it online. The websites below both act as a portal for electronic Building Regulations application submission to most local authorities. Choose either site, but you do not need to apply more than once. The process is simple:
- Complete the free registration process.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to upload an electronic copy of the plans for your project.
- We will contact you within five working days to arrange payment of the Building Regulations application charge.
- If you have any queries about the electronic plans submission process, please contact the Building Control Section.
If you would prefer to apply another way, please return to the Do I need Building Regulations approval? page for further advice.
Please check if you also need planning permission before starting work.