BUILDING CONTROL vs PLANNING PERMISSION – WHICH APPLY TO ME?
It is a common misconception that Planning regulations and Building Control regulations are the same thing. Building Control is in fact a completely different authority. The Planning Department look at the general effect the building has on the environment and stakeholders in the area, where Building Control look at the building itself, its suitability, its safety and how it is constructed. So when designing your building we have to look at both sets of regulations to ensure we conform, at Vivid Green all our buildings meet all regulations.
The below regulations are Building Control regulations when they are often thought of as Planning regs:
- If your building is over 30m2 – This is just a trigger for the builder to have Building Control inspect the building and sign off the foundations and general build structure. They will also require a soak away for the rainwater runoff from the roof. You can actually build a building as big as you like so long as it conforms to all permitted development regs.
- If you want to build within 1m of your boundary – This is also fine, the only requirement is to ensure the external cladding facing the boundary is made of a non-combustible material. And this rule doesn’t even come into effect unless the building is over 15m2.
At Vivid Green we are very experienced in designing buildings to conform and meet all regulations, and if Building Control sign off or Planning Permission is required we will take care of that for you too.