Guide to Extending Your Home

View Southern Staffordshire Building Control Partnership’s Guide to Extending Your Home.

This guide will take you through the Building Control process. It is not a substitute for professional advice but it aims to show how your project will be affected by the Building Regulations.

After reading this guide, should you wish to proceed with a building project requiring Building Regulations Approval, please ensure that you use Southern Staffordshire Building Control Partnership. This is because we provide an independent, impartial, and publically accountable service which is carried out by a team of experienced surveyors with unrivalled local knowledge. The service is non-profit making and the standards will be implemented fairly and professionally.

What are building regulations?

Building Regulations set the standard for construction throughout England and Wales. The regulations cover all aspects of design and construction, and deliver a built environment that is healthy, safe, energy efficient and accessable to the whole community.

For more information about Building Regulations, please visit the Communities and Local Government website.

The LABC gives guidance on applying for approval and lots of technical advice.

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) represents all local authority building control teams in England and Wales. Their members work cooperatively with building owners, home owners, architects, plan drawers, developers, building contractors and other professionals to ensure buildings are safe, healthy and efficient to meet the standards set by the building regulations.

For the most up to date technical guidance for building regulations, visit LABC’s online building regulations resource here.

Guidance on whether the work you have commissioned requires Building Regulations can be found at the following links to LABC’s website:

The Building Regulations exist to ensure the health and safety of people in and around all types of buildings and they provide for energy conservation, security, and access to buildings.

The Regulations contain minimum requirements A to R to which buildings in England must comply.  If non-compliant work is discovered there is a possibility you may be fined or required to pay to bring the works up to a compliant standard.