Building type & system approval

We can give national approval for your design, product or system.

Through an agreement by all local authorities in England and Wales, design approvals for building types and building systems can be issued by one local authority and accepted by all other local authorities, as long as there are no changes in design, implementation, construction or site-specific variables.

We have issued national type approvals for many systems, from Part M disabled fit-out packs to structural support systems. Our approval covers compliance with the Building Regulations. A register of approved designs is kept by LABC to enable local authority building control officers to look up and check design approvals.

The benefit of having a building type (housing, commercial, or industrial), or a building system (a complete building element), approved by LABC, is that it can be used without the full plans approval process happening repeatedly around the country at each site. This saves time and money for everyone involved in the design, construction and assessment of the building work.