Building Regulations in Dorset and Somerset
Most people realise that they may need approval for their proposed building work but they do not always understand the difference between building regulations and planning permission.
Building Regulations and planning permission are separate pieces of legislation. It is likely that applicants will have to make applications for both Building Regulation consent and Town Planning Permission.
Building Regulations deal mainly with health and safety matters in the interest of the people who will use the building.
Building Regulations are concerned with how a building is constructed with particular reference to:
- structural stability
- fire safety
- site preparation and resistance to moisture
- toxic substances
- sound resistance
- drainage and waste disposal
- heat producing appliances
- protection from falling, collision and impact
- conservation of fuel and power
- access and facilities for disabled people
- glazing safety
- electrical safety
These are legal requirements but provided that the correct technical standards are met the approval should be straightforward. The council's Building Control Officers deal with Building Regulation applications.
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