When home owners decide to improve their property, they will often need to get both planning permission and building regulations approval.
An architectural team will have to come survey the area, and produce 2D or 3D representations; 3D BIM models are used for digitally adding perspective and creating visually stunning images. The team should be able to offer the measured building surveys in a format that works best for you, such as a CD, a PDF, or on paper.
Any reliable architect from Glastonbury should keep track of any changes made to the building regulations in the area, and be able to provide full drawings for your project, no matter how large or small it may be.
Why you need approval
Certain types of construction and alteration work require approval; it is your duty to find out which. Fortunately, though, you can hire someone to take care of all the paperwork for you.
The construction, extension and alteration of buildings needs to follow specific standards; alterations for which you must get approval include: replacing windows and doors, installing a fixed air-conditioning system, installing or replacing a heating system, altering electrics near a bath or shower, installing a bathroom with plumbing, and replacing roof coverings.
This being said, most repairs and replacements don’t need building regulations approval. Neither does changing the existing circuits (other than those around baths and showers), or replacing baths, sinks and toilets when the same installation method is used. In the event your boiler or heating system breaks down, you can repair it right away – you don’t need approval as long as it is an emergency.
So, what happens if you don’t apply for approval?
- You will have a harder time selling your home without any certificates of compliance.
- You may have to pay for fixing faulty work done by someone who doesn’t comply with building regulations.
How to apply
Contact one of the 2 types of building control bodies, namely the local authority control bodies (or the local council) and the private control bodies (approved inspectors).
Nonetheless, you can avoid getting approval yourself by using an architect or an installer who is registered with a competent person scheme. Thus, the service provider certifies that their work is compliant with all building regulations. Upon completion, they are also able to issue an evidence of compliance which you can later use when selling your home.