What is the difference between planning and building control?
generally realised that a form of permission is required from the
Council for building works or alterations to properties; however,
it may not always be clear how the Planning and Building
Regulations approval regimes differ.
Building Regulations set standards for the
design and construction of buildings to ensure the health and
safety for people in or around those buildings. They also include
requirements to ensure that fuel, power and water are conserved and
that facilities are provided for people, including those with
disabilities, to access and move around inside buildings.
Planning seeks to guide the way our towns,
cities and countryside develop. This includes the use of land and
buildings, the appearance of buildings, landscaping considerations,
highway access and the impact that the development will have on the
general environment. For more information about planning please see
the planning pages.
For many types of building work, separate
permission under both regimes (separate processes) will be
required. For other building work, such as internal alterations,
Buildings Regulations approval will probably be needed, but
planning permission may not be. For certain types of building works
you may also have responsibilities under the construction health
and safety regulations.